Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
Yeah, I agree with what gssw5 has said. That horse needs to have respect taught to it. So like just before the middle of the video the horse was turning away from you a bit, like it was blocking you from going near that side, and had a bit of attitude too. That kind of stuff you need to nip in the bud. But, don’t forget, if you are new to natural horsemanship its also only natural that you will have to learn a lot. So don’t take this as me being nasty or anything. But you still need to learn to read the horse more. Also I'd recommend being more assertive. True, you have to be assertive, or not so much, depending on the stage the horse is at, but that horse, from what I could see, needs a bit more to convince it that you are the boss.
Again, agreeing with the post above, I doubt that any residue from abusive treatment is hanging about that horse, it looked more disrespectful than scared to me. On that note, Id be wondering why the person who had it before abused it? I'd be willing to bet the horse got disrespectful from all the signs being missed, and then the past owner thought they had to get rough with it to keep it in line. So you could have a sneaky bossy boots on your hands if you are not careful.
And please be careful running about with your horse the way you were, It looks like fun and so on, but I can tell you, from the experience of having been run over by a horse, it is definitely something to avoid (there's actually a YT vid if you want to look for it of a girl in England I think, who was doing the same thing, she cops a really good kick right in the head, that kind of stuff can mess you up if it doesn’t kill you). What I do if I want to go for a run with a horse is get them moving around me in a circle nicely, then I teach them to walk along beside me on the end of the rope, so maybe 12 feet away or more, then slowly get them running while I run along with them. That way you are well out of range of kicks etc., and you can get them jumping over stuff, and anything else you can think of.
So, don’t be discouraged, looks like you are doing some good work with the horse, and having a bunch of fun doing it. Just keep practising, and really make sure you get that horses respect. Doing that will save you a world of trouble later on.