So, a little background on my horse. Whiskey was abused by a "trainer" before I got him (2 weeks before, actually). You know the usual jazz- whip, spur, whip more, spur more, slice the tongue with a knife, etc. Which left me with a psychotic mental rearing, bolting, bucking, spinning, not moving forward, and overall scared sh!tless gelding... His owners were going to ship him to slaughter if I didn't take him.
That was a year and a half ago. And yesterday he crossed a creek for me!!! Oh, right, I didn't mention how he was trained to water. Well, you see, his old owners dug a pit, 5' deep, 10' wide, filled it with water then whipped him across with a buggy whip. Hmmm.........
And today, we rode to the swimming hole again, just two horses/riders this time, and went bareback. We have to cross two creeks to get there- and he did- IN THE LEAD!!!!!!!! To top it off, he then SWAM, hooves off the bottom, in to the water at the swimming hole! You can see my avatar for a visual of this .
I love Whiskey. He is turning out to be such a good boy. He is moving off my leg, going bareback w/t/c/g, or saddled, going out alone, for as long as I ask him to, and barely refusing anything. At all. And he's not spooky. Such a good boy.
Just thought I'd share.
You CAN take a horse from slaughter-bound to trusty steed, it just takes patience.