Very Scared Brumby Boy (long post, sorry)
Just a quick question regarding a young brumby gelding that I am taking on. The place where he is kept no-longer wants him as he is not useful to them, and quite frankly, i'm happy to take him on just to get him out of there.
This place has been running for nearly 2 decades, and I have only known about it for a few weeks. I've spent many many years working with breakers (for want of a better word) and employ a lot of different methods myself when working with horses. I used a lot of natural horsemanship combined with bits and pieces i've picked up over the years.
Yesterday I rang and asked that the gelding be bought up to the yards for when I arrived. (this place is busy and needs plenty of notice, plus we aren't allowed to bring the horses up ourselves). I got there about 15 minutes late to find this young gelding being tied up in the yard. Not just a halter, but a tie up collar along with a surcingle and ropes going to three of his four legs. He was very distressed and a bucket of sweat! I had specifically asked that nothing be done with him before I got there as I wanted to assess him in my own time with him free in the round yard. After a bit of yelling and screaming, and cutting with the aid of a pocket knife, I got all the rope off my boy and let him free into the round yard. The poor boy was sooooo frightened, I was horrified! As it turns out, these people believe in breaking the spirit of the horse in order to make it pliable, not what i'm into.
Long story short, this boy has suffered quite a bit of abuse in the last three weeks (he's only been out of the bush for that time) and I am after ideas on how to get him to relax around people. Even though he was supposedly given to me free, I have paid $50 for him and gotten a receipt so that at least I can say that he is mine. I've also paid for him to stay where he is for the next two weeks and will visit him for about 4 hours each day. He's been moved to a section of the property where he wont be disturbed.
So, any ideas on how to get him to relax before I ask anything of him guys.
Have to run, and thanks in advance.
Sorry for the running off, the dogs got out, rotten little darlings! Lol