Okay, I'm starting a novel. Feel free to skip straight to the end.
Today I was bored, so my mom and I went out for a milkshake. On the way home from our milkshake we ran into an old friend of the family. He asked us how we were, and we told him how we had been looking for horses for sale-- paying $2500 for them. He looked appalled and told us how he wouldn't pay more than $300 for any horse. He told us how he had a whole heard of gentle horses and how there was one he would get rid of named Romeo. Why? Because he was "too gentle". So, we got in his pickup and rode over to his pasture. Our friend told us that Romeo would be the first one to the gate... and sure enough, Romeo was.
He trotted his way up to us and tried to climb into the pickup. I hopped on him bareback. Over the past few days I've checked out three horses. I'd never felt a connection with them. With Romeo, I did. He looked me in the eye so soulfully. He nuzzled me and whispered in my ear, and nibbled my hair. When I was on him bareback and bridle less in a whole sea of his buddies in the pasture, Romeo turned his head around to nudge my foot. I got off and scratched his neck and he threw his head up and down... loving it.
Anyway, our friend filled us in on Romeo.
He is a four year old gelding. He is broke- not afraid of anything, gentle as a lamb... but he isn't trained. He'd been ridden up in the mountains in a pack string, but hadn't been trained. He is the most beautiful chestnut I've ever seen, with a big wide blaze and white socks. Strong and sturdy, too. Supposedly he can out-run his pasture buddies 2 to 1. He's around fifteen hands and a quarter pony.
So, one of these days soon our friend is going to bring Romeo over to our ranch. I'm going to try and train him up. After three weeks I'm going to decide I want to keep him or not. I want this to be a challenge! I'm ready for it. I'm borrowing a neighbors horse to ride right now, so Romeo won't be lonely.
Long story short:
I'm borrowing a horse for three weeks. I may end up buying him. He is totally broken, but not trained. I'm going to train him, but I haven't trained a horse before. He would be my first horse if I bought him. Any tips on how to go about doing so???
He'll be in a corral for the three weeks. He's the kind of horse who LOVES people! How's this for a schedule? I feed him in the morning and groom him, and love him for an hour-- just petting, giving treats, and loving. An hour or two later I lunge him for an hour in a round pen. That evening I lunge him just a little, tack him, get on and try to start him training under saddle. (He has been under saddle a lot and is totally broken and sane.... just not trained. You know, backing up, lead changes, circling, all that.) Ride him for an hour, then put him back in his corral and feed him and love him.
Here's probably what he needs to know:
How to lunge:
How to change leads/pick up the right lead:
How to back up:
How to go/stop:
How to circle:
I know I have my work cut out for me... I'm ready, but I'd sure appreciate some help!
Thanks SO much!