Join Date: May 2011
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
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Training the stubborn horse??????
I need all the help I can get because I am not sure I can afford to make this decision with emotions involved. I have a Registered Paint horse on trial-and the 2 weeks is up on Thursday. I am only 2+ months back in the saddle after 25 years, and aspire to use the horse for showing-lower level Dressage. He does not have a mean bone in his body, but is quite stubborn-meaning getting him to move forward, trot, etc. can be quite a feat! Lots of kicking on my part. He does eventually concede.I am in the top 2% of people in this world with extreme patience, and am not lacking in the determination area either. My very experienced trainer can get him to move better than I can, but it is a feat for her sometimes. He was once used for a lesson horse, but has had the last year of so off with only light trail riding. Stubborn and bratty! He is cute as can be and is very presentable show wise-built up hill, healthy and sound (of course there will be a PPE). He is also sweet-great ground manners, not at all scary and a good confidence builder-which is something I need. SO-is it possible to train the stubborn brattiness behavior out of the horse and get him to move around the ring? I am surrounded by people that are willing to help which is a big plus, and he is priced well enough that I can afford the extra training. PLEASE give me your stories and opinions on this! This is a bit heart-tugging!