Hello ! Its been a few months since my last post and I finally have my first horse.
He's a 4 year old Shire gelding.
So far this is quite the learning experience !
I read a lot of books and talk to a lot of horse owners and trainers in my area for advice.
As far as training goes, when I got him 2-3 months ago he is trained to pull carts in parades but has not had anybody ride him.
He knows how to back up and I can lead him from the ground no problem.
Im not sure how to make him stand untied and stay.
I am currently waiting on a saddle for him.
I can sit on him bareback no problem and have somebody lead him around and I can dismount without disturbing him at all.
For the first few weeks he challenged me constantly. He's around 19 hands tall and for the first while I was a bit intimidated by him and im sure he knew it.
When I tried to lead him or work with him he would just look at me as if I was joking and usually step on me.
It didnt take long for me to remember im bigger than him
and he knows it too now. Over time he's got better and better at listening to me. Now he gives me little to no trouble at all.
This post is because I need some advice on where to go with his training from here.
I believe he's had most of the typical ground work from his previous owner.
And as I've stated I can sit on him with no issues.
So now... should I be teaching him from the saddle position ? And how do I teach him ? Do I just get on him with the reigns and go ?
How do I teach him to stop and go and turn left and right from the saddle ?
I was also wondering what the list of commands are for a horse ?
I use whoa to get him to stop... I use back to get him to back up... but should that be back or back-up ? Im assuming that 'up' is a whole other command.
The training is going good I would say but I would like as much advice as I can get from the experienced horse trainers around here.
Especially anything related to Shires in general.
BTW: for food he has free hay and all the grazing he wants.
He was on 2 pounds oats 2 pounds barley per day on top of that per his previous owners suggestion but I found with barley he was getting quite wild so now he's just on his oats plus apples and carrots and such as treats.
One final thing I have found... when leading from the ground he sometimes gets a bit snorty especially if its a windy day or something startles him and he leans on me and whips his head, stomps (my foot) and generally drags me all over. To deal with it I usually tie him to the nearest post and let him cool off.
It seems to work... is this the right idea ?