I got two new training horses in this weekend. Both cute little horses that are scared of their own shadows. Some of this is typical of Arabians, some of it is beyond that. One in particular, I'll call him Sam is going to be restarted. Since all the drama happened on the thread about the two year old (.Delete.'s thread) I thought I would start this one to show how I deal with troubled horses.
This horse has lots of issues, I have two choices. I can buck him out, which I am too old to do or I can restart him correctly and find his holes and fill them.
So welcome to the "Restart Sam Thread"
Yesterday is our baseline....Good about saddling, spooky about mounting at first but improved, tore off bucking for no reason when I finally got mounted. And ouch...that kinda hurt. I fell in deep sand and was wearing a helmet (as I always do).
So, he is being restarted from the ground. He improved with the CA ground method yesterday (sorry no video, I didn't think about it). I broke the two cardinal rules of training, my bad. #1 Don't ride on the first session and #2 Never believe the owner when he/she says "he's broke".
Today, with the help of my awesome assistant (my husband) we are going to kick the mounting issue and then go completely back to the ground to restart him.
Stay tuned :)
Sounds interesting! I look forward to hearing more! I'm glad you didn't get too hurt in your fall. Getting bucked off is never fun.
We had about a 45 minute session today. Ground work at first CA style, The first video he's tense and not paying attention...at all.
He's afraid to be saddled so we worked with that a lot today, teaching him that the saddle pad was ok and nothing was going to eat him.
By the end, I sent him around with a saddle pad on his back, when it fell, he stopped and looked at it with a "aren't you supposed to be on my back?" look.
Looking forward to seeing the videos and seeing the progress.....
I forgot....vids have his real name on them :( cant post.
Tomorrow is Day 3 with Sam and his pasture buddy Samantha....too bad Samantha is in heat...BAAAAD. Bless her heart she's peeing all over and Sam, as well as the rest of the geldings around here are unimpressed.
Today went well, still work on ground work. The goal is for them to walk or trot evenly and rhymithically while they work, turning properly (turning to the inside) and maintaining a steady pace.
The mare starts out pretty frantic at first, I just start turning her and moving her feet and she relaxes. She's has a gorgeous smooth, floaty trot when she's concentrating. We worked on letting the saddle pad fall off of her back without her flipping out and she did well.
Sam is doing much better. He will look and snort which is fine, but he no longer runs away from the pad as it falls off of his back and is generally much calmer while he works. The dock of the tail is starting to relax, the neck is coming down and there's much less tension in the poll.
They're both Arabians, so chances are they may always look at something or snort, but the running off frantic flipping out has to stop as well as their disregard for authority. They like to cooperate for a few minutes and then do what they want to do.
Definitely a work in progress.
Plan for today...
Going out doing more ground work. They caught on much faster yesterday than Sunday, so I believe I'm getting somewhere. They're a lot way from riding time but they are making progress and developing the stereotypical "kind eye".
Had a long chat with the owner yesterday and got more history on them. Seems they were never properly trained. They were saddle and ridden, and the riders were sometimes lucky, and most times not. That sure would have been good information before I ate sand the other day, but at least now, I know what I'm up against.
So hopefully a week or two more of round pen work and I can start ground driving and doing some obstacles work with them.
Another good day. Trying to reinforce to them that it they are afraid of something, they are to face it and not run away. It's a slow process but it's getting there. I think Sam will always snort. He's stopped running off like his tail is on fire but he snorts every time. It's kinda funny.
Samantha on the other hand is smart as a whip. She will stop look and look at me with a "really?" I ain't skeered" look.
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