Long story short I adopted my horses out last year and the new owners spoiled them to death and then called me to come and pick them up about a week ago because they said they didn't want them anymore. I went to get them and I actually saw one of my horses bite his girl in the hip and she immediatley gave him a treat. I was shocked but since I was getting them back I didn't say anything.
Well, during the year they were gone they lost all respect for humans. I took them each for a two mile walk to pinpoint problems with leading and figured I have to start from the begining with ground work. I am not a trainer or a professional horse person but I will be working with a trainer in a weekly lesson since my horses were trained at one point. I think the biggest problems right now are disrespect and laziness or buddy sourness. They have not ridden either of them for the entire year or separated them from eachother at all, not even for a walk.
The other day I tried to "join up" with each horse. My Sammy did pretty well but at first did a lot of bucking and kicking at the line I was driving him with but he's fully sacked out and not afraid he was according to my interpretaion of body language just plain refusing to listen to my suggestions. But after insisting he did start to work for me and after a half an hour successfuly "joined up" It looked just like the videos I have seen and he would walk with me everywhere I went.
After he joined up and we took a little walk around the ropund pen I gave him his food. I have only been feeding them after they separate from eachother or work. As he was eating I left his side and went to get something from the other side of the pen. I was surprised to see him leave his food and walk with me and back. He was still pretty pushy and walking ahead of me on his return to the pasture but I will be starting lessons on wenesday. My question is since this horse is particularly bossy nd dominant anyway should I do join up before every training session? Is that something a person continues to do or something you only do once?
My other horse is blind in one eye and would not go with his blind eye to the inside so I stopped asking him for it and only made him go one way. Is going around the pen with his blind eye to me even possible? Can he do it or should I not ask him to? He did join up within minutes and he's not dominant at all he's pretty much a follower already. Som insight and opinions would be great !!! Thank you