Been awhile since I posted much of anything -- been out in the hills living with sticks in my beard and howling @ the moon.
Some may remember this horse as the one that was bucking people off and just happened to do it to me too while the camera was rolling last summer - which was an epic moment! In the ensuing year we've worked to build his confidence at his own pace, utilizing mostly groundwork with some riding where it seemed appropriate. I also felt that I needed more work on myself to be able to ride him in such a way to start developing him beyond the point of 'just stop bucking'. I decided to go with the Californio style and start him in the hackamore, because of that style's emphasis on taking as long as it takes. I doubt I'll be selling this guy anytime soon, after telling everyone about the bucking!!! :]
The reason I'm putting this up is to show what can be accomplished when a person decides to take the time it takes and approach a 'problem horse' with the idea in mind that the great challenge is not in changing the horse but in the working on and development of your own knowledge, awareness and skills. That's when things started to change for the better, for me. I don't say that I've accomplished what I want to - still consider myself very much a student and I believe that that's probably the best approach for learning. However, I am quite pleased with the progress we've made!