I started fostering this guy about 2 months ago. He is a 5 year old canadian warmblood off the track because he broke his right front sesamoid. He was on stall rest for a month or so with handgrazing daily, lots of attention and love. He has transition to about 5-6 hours outside with another mare, and I have begun gentle groundwork with him. About me: I rode as a child and a teen, and in college. But then I stopped because I was living in the big city and then I had kids and a job and....But then I moved to somewhere I could ride, and I just started again. I am happy about it. I am not riding this guy because he's lame, but working with other OTTBs at the rescue getting my riding legs back.
With this guy, I am just his foster mom, although I want it badly to be more. My husband is dead set against it. M. Is definitely not rideable for at least 6 more months due to his injury, so I am just doing groundwork with him daily and hanging out with him, grooming him, and loving on him. This journal will mostly be about the natural horsemanship training I am going to do with him, along with other random forays into my life.
7/3/14: We worked on desensitizing him to the rope, tossing it under and over his body, around his legs, on both side. He was more curious than spooky. Within about 5 minutes he was grazing while I did it. Good boy . Then we worked on him walking slowly next to me and stopping on verbal command. Again, no problem. Finally, we worked on backing up. I want him to get use to hand commands so this will take time. He was eager to please and started backing up pretty easily.
7/4/14: I wanted to work on neck flexion with him, in addition to reinforcing what we worked on yesterday. He was great with the neck flexion to the left...maybe too great. He likes to get into your space a little, he's an in your pocket guy, which my barn owner says he will need to relearn---she thinks he's TOO in your face and needs to learn to not be. On the right side, his neck flexion was not nearly as good, so we will keep working on that. He has a muscular knot on the right side of his neck, probably from compensating for his sore right leg when he grazes, so I though flexion might help with that.
He did spook once today, couldn't figure out why, but got him back in hand pretty fast.
Overall, he's really fun to work with--super attentive, desire to please, and pretty easy to handle considering he's right off the track pretty much.