A year ago I moved my horse to a back yard barnabout three minutes down the street from where I live. I moved my horse from a hunter/jumper show barn mainly because he developed navicular and I figured since I no longer needed the arena or training for my horse I would move him to a barn that was $250 less. So, I was the first boarder there and for a whole month my horse (junior) was the only horse there. At this barn you are responsible for everything, they only provide water. So, at 16 I worked my butt off to pay for my horse, his vet bills and his medication. About a month after my horse moved in another horse (anakin) moved in. Anakin came as a five year old. At fist he did not want to trust me or junior. After a while he warmed up. When anakin came he was not broken to ride. I decided... I wanna ride that horse! Well one day myself and anakin's owner decided to try to mount him. She held him while I leaned over his back ( don't worry he has had the saddle on and bridle on before and was lounged in it and everything) and he didnt seem to mind. So I got up on his back... bad idea. He took off bucking. I fell off and I landed on anakin's owner. She had broken her shoulder from the horse running her over and me falling on her. 911 was called. So from then on the both of us were a bit nervous around him.once the winter passed and the spring came I tried to put fly spray on anakin.... another bad idea. He freaked out and thought it was going to kill him. I made it my goal to let him understand that the spray bottle was not going to kill him. After about a week of having him drag me around the field while I sprayed him with water. Something clicked and he was no longer afraid.
I felt so accomplished after that. I decided to try to ride him again. So me and a friend would just lay over his back (bareback) and lead eachother around. We went bareback so we had a quicker get away if anakin flipped out. But he never seemed to mind. So we did that for about a week and finally one day I just swung my leg over. It was no big deal to him. So at first we ponied him with my horse. Just at a walk. Still no big deal. Then he got the the point of just following my horse. My little sister would trot my horse and anakin would follow my horse trotting too! I was still bareback even then. So I tried riding with a saddle. He trotted on his own around the field, we learned how to stop, go left, right and back up.
So next I tried to get him to canter. He got it right away, but, he would never pick up the correct lead.... but today when I was riding I finally managed to get him to pick up the correct lead both directions. I am so so proud of him and of myself.
Haha and oh I got him to trot over ground poles and small x rails too! He is learning so fast and I can't believe I did it all by myself!