Between then and now (3/25/09) a lot has happened so far with Wiski. I found out so much about him in the whole 5 weeks I've had him. I've found a list of cons/things to work on...
-likes to lead me
-doesn't like to lunge
-grabs everything in site with his mouth
-bucks when going into a canter (at least at a lunge, haven't cantered on him yet)
-will fight with me when trying to put the bit in (a little molasses goes a long way)
-needs a lot more time under saddle
-spooks at random things and is great with others
-needs his feet to be worked with more (puts them down fast)
-isn't really finished
-not really very lovey dovey (doesn't care about the petting)
-paws the ground when tied
-likes to throw the bridle/halter off when their being removed
That's all I can think of right now... I'll probably add to it later.
Although Wiski is a tough cookie, I've already made a commitment to him so I'm going to do my best. Just because he's not perfect and I'm not very experienced doesn't mean that I should just get rid of him and move on looking for an "easy" horse to deal with. Honestly, if I sell him or give him away something bad might happen to him and I really do like this horse.
A little more history on the "Wiskers" "Frisky Wiski" "Fwiski". He is a BLM mustang caught in one of the Nevada herds when he was around one. Some training and trail riding was done from then till six years old when he was sold to a guy named Herald who's had him for the last eight years. For the last three years he's been out to pasture doing nothing but being a horse. He's now fourteen years old and still not finished. He's got a very mustang attitude and is really intelligent but is also a handful.
When I first got Wiski I got on him bareback with just a halter and reins to ride him with.
The first time I lunged him he did fine going counterclockwise but was a pain to get to go clockwise. We've been working on that with a plastic bag at the end of the whip. It's been helping.
We've had to work on him nipping a lot. I've ended up having to smack him in the muzzle when he does it. One time we even had to take my daughter to the ER because she ran up to his stall with a baby carrot which fell out of her hand and he mistook her middle finger for a baby carrot. No serious damage was done but she does have a bit of a scar where he broke the skin. No more treats by hand from now on.
Lately we've been having issues trying to get the bit in his mouth. I think I've got that solved with the molasses but I'm still waiting on the D ring snaffle to come in the mail (YAY).
Today I got back on him and rode him under saddle for the third or fouth time. He was being a big butt so I only rode him for about ten or twenty minutes before I got off. I was more concerned about trying to get him to calm down and just stand there than anything else. When he wouldn't stand still I just backed him or made him trot a little till he calmed down. It wasn't a bad day compared with some but my boyfriend said it was a nightmare. (boy he's seen nothing yet )
Well that's all for tonight I think. I'll add on as I go... Hope you enjoy reading.