My new accomplishment!!
I've always worked with horses; since I was 10 I've worked with problem & green horses. My first horse was a green four year old mare. So i've had experience with training horses, but never really started and trained a horse all by myself, until my friend's mom told me she needed help with her barn and that she had a four year old untrained chincoteague gelding.
Harley was untouched, not halter broken, hard to catch, and... four. The only good factors were that he was small (13hh or less) and a gelding. After like an hour of trying to catch him, I started doing basic trust excersizes with him like the parelli friendly game and worked with halter breaking him. after about a week I'd already saddled him and mounted him. Now, two months later, he has attended the farm's pony camp where he experienced flags, streamers, big scary barrels and baths and he was amazing. he acted like he had done it all his life! during the exhibition where the campers showed what they learned to there parents, Harley practically fell asleep! And there were cars everywhere, shiny stuff, flashing cameras, yelling kids etc. He was amazing.
So far, Hes only walked and trotted because I cant get out to the farm a lot. What erks me is the lady doesnt touch him. she leaves everything to me. I feel bad because hes this amazing little horsie and hes left waiting for me in a paddock all day.
My question is: If he doesnt get consistent work outs and training sessions, will he lose anything?
I know that no handling is better than bad handling, but I'm worried that I'll have to start over again...
Wow!! That sounds like an amazing horse!!! Good for you! :)
Good job! Sounds like you got a nice little gelding who has a brain.
he really does. He was acting as level headed as an old lesson horse lol. He is so calm around everyone, especially kids. which is good because the vast majority of campers this barn gets are kids lol.
Sounds like you have made a lot of progress with him! Good job! He may forget a few things, how often do you make it out? Just be as consistent as you can. It will probably take you longer to make more progress than if you were going out more often, but just keep at it and do what you can. You will get there! Good luck!
Ya I have a 3 year old and I try and work several times a week with him but sometimes i just ahve to go without a week of bein gout there and then i will have to back track and start with ground work. I went 4 weeks without working with him once and boy....that was bad. It took me 2-3 weeks of constantly being out there, we were back on track. Now that he's saddle broke, it doesn't take as much making up time. good luck!
I don't think they really "lose" their training. I think physically they get lazy, and mentally they get lazy, but once you start working with them again, they come back pretty quickly.
Good job with this little pony. Sounds like he was a diamond in the rough, and you polished him up just fine!
Oh bummer...weekends would make it a little easier huh...lol...I'd say you will definitely be going back a few steps...Good luck!
I am really kind of on the fence, regarding how much a horse 'loses' even when they are left to pasture for years, and years. I have retrained horses who have had training as 3 year olds (riding), and hadn't been touched again as far as riding, until they were in their teens, and a couple of Arabs I retrained were in their 20s. None of those horses were difficult to restart. Infact, the one 20 year old Arab I did some ground work on, and hopped on with rope halter and lead in about 20 minutes...we never looked back; I used him as my 4-H horse that summer. So, in my experience, I really don't think that what you have taught this guy will 'unstick' if he is left to sit in the pasture after this. Especially if you are getting out there every weekend, or every other weekend, I think he will retain quite a bit, and will only require a little refresher work each time to get his brain into 'think time'.
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