At a loss of how to 'bond' with him
I have a 14.2 10 year old new forest gelding called rascal,I have had him for just over a year now and we still haven't 'clicked'. At the moment we are being trained in dressage by a very experienced trainer who has herself trained many horses from foal through to advanced level. However whilst the riding side of things are going great the ground work side of things aren't, he doesn't respect me or my personal space he nudges with his nose to push you away he sometimes turns his back end on me and threatens to kick and is generally difficult for me to handle on my own as I'm only 15. I am now scared to take him out of the field on my own as the last time I did we got thorugh the gate and as I turned around to pull the gate closed he span shoved me out the way and ran back to the field I was so terrified he would hurt himself and just felt completely lost as to what to do. I know this sounds like the typhical green horse green handler and yes, you'd probably be right I will admit freely to not really knowing what I'm doing on the ground, but I want to try I am willing to try almost anything to get him to trust me and for us to have a bond. Now at our old yard he was perfect, he came to me in the field to be caught he whinnied when I'd come through the gate he would stand nicely to be mounted he was so relaxed he even stopped spooking whilst riding, he was the perfect pony. I don't know what changed except the place and the fact that now he is in a field with 5 other horses instead of on his own with a companion next to him. He gets ery stressed if completely alone I think this is due to the fact that he had the same home and same companions from when he was 4 months old to when I got him early august last year. I don't have a lot of money but christmas and birthday are coming up so I could probably afford a few books etc I now he was broken in using monty roberts' techniques. Any ideas of how to get him to trust me? As now he actually has started running away from me as soon as he sees a headcollar or leadrope. please any suggestions welcome. Thanks in advance. :)
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