Thought maybe it would be fun if we all posted on horses we are working on at the moment
2 year old Shetland Pony filly
Stubborn, headstrong, lack of respect for all humans, food aggressive, can't be caught, can't be haltered, kicker well just about every bad habit a young horse could have
First this pony was stalled for 3 days straight and only fed and interacted with by me. Very food aggressive which was solved on day one. Upon entering the stall she would immediately show me her butt to which I would swing her hips back around and make her face me and then I would leave WITH THE FEED. Wait 1 min return to stall with feed. Repeat above about 3 times. Finally she faces me and waits for her feed. BINGO.
By doing this I have taught her that great things happen when I appear. Food appears, fresh water, brushing woohooo all the good things in life
Day 2. Bring her out and tie her and watch her learn patientce. Once she stops moving and pawing I brush her. She LOVES being brushed but is scared and somewhat shaking. Back to stall
Day 3 same thing
Day 4 She is let into the pen that is attached to her stall. She can now see horses and interact but only through the gates. She is worked about 10 mins trotting each side. The haltered and worked on leading manners. Learns to give to pressure. Tied and brush now she really loves being brushed and doesnt shake
Day 5 day of rest. She just goes out into pen and back to stall
Day 6. More work leading and haltering. Finally accepts the halter willingly now. Still balks some when leading but getting better. Tied for 30 mins today and did very well.
Day 7. More of the same but we also start working on desentizing legs. Has a huge problem with legs being touched. Made good progress with upper legs
Day 8 More of the same, round penning, leading, legs
Day 9. More of the same
Day 10. The big day. She is let out with the herd. She's happy but intimidated and for sure is low mare in the herd. I let her play for 3 hours and go out to see if I can catch her. Much to even my suprise she comes right to me the minute she sees me. Follows me to the barn and goes to her stall. I will say this is unusual. I do think because she's low in the herd she wanted to go back to her safe place in the barn :) So that definitely helped. More importantly though this shows that she knows I am her safe leader and she know knows I will not lead her to harm.
Day 11 more of the same. She goes out with the herd for most of the day then comes in and eats then gets worked. Still working on lower legs as this seems to really be her sticking point. She reared for the first time in a long time. But I have found this to be true with most horses. After seeming to learn and go straight up hill, then tend to go backwards for a few days. No biggie
Day 12. Day of rest
Day 13. Finally got to cut her bridle path worked on desentizing ears and decided to leave her feet alone for a few days
To be continued
*a whip was never used in the training of this horse and she was never hit but she was never let to think for even one second that she was the leader. When training to lead when she acted up she was IMMEDIATELY backed up in a straight line.