I've had Dubai since Tuesday.
Gah, I can't get enough of being around that fella!
He's a quick learner, I'll give him that much, but I'd like to hear any training tips for handling a stud.
He is my first, but I've not run in to this blindly. I had every intention of gelding once I got him home (long story concerning a weird seller) as the vet said there should be no issues when I had the PPE.
Turn up on my yard, and my trainer says 'lets leave him whole as long as he is managable'
My trainer has 5 stallions of her own (stud and ridden) so is well aware of how to handle them, but she's quite ill right now.
I want to lay down the ground rules so we set off on the right foot.
Firstly, he has no idea how to pick his feet up. Today he has twice (once out of box, the other once riding was done) and he's pretty balanced, but no idea. Any tips, great! Once I have his foot he leans, but doesn't kick out etc.
Secondly... the first time I got him out to groom him, his 5th leg was popping out. And boy was he happy to see me. Trainer said sharp smack on the stomach or behind. I'm not a mare. That was the only day he did it, but as soon as someone else gets near him.. doing.. its out! Any tips, or just a time thing for him to learn the respect?
He's superb to lead. He is a very very laid back horse and he walks round the yard like he owns it.
However, every time after a bit of work, leading back in to the stall he whinnies like mad. My dad's mare sets him off. No joke.
Josie: Hey good lookin'
Dubai: OMG NO WAY A GIRL IS TALKING TO ME
I bought a really long, sturdy leadrope with a leather end. I whapped him across his chest and backed him up, then lead straight on- no problems.
Am I doing this right, wrong? My trainer gave me a brief overhaul before she had to go back to bed. She said firm firm firm, make him realise his mistake, reward vocally or pat for good behaviour.
Also, I am the only one to touch his face. Once he's done a good job by working etc, he gets a face scrub.
Any tips, or ground work ideas for him are greatly appreciated!