I went and visited him this evening and he seems so depressed, the poor bugger.
my mum keeps taking his mate out on rides (her appy mare) and he chases the float along the fence line.
the problem i have is that his owner is a HUGE softie and doesn't like her horses to sweat, or even get a little tacky. last time i rode joseph and he was cantering, he came back wet under the girth and i got the grilling of a lifetime. joseph is a little unfit, but he wasn't blowing and was actually quite cranky that i'd stopped him. i found out afterwards that he hadn't been cantered under saddle for nearly 3 years because they were too scared. he'd only trotted twice under saddle with her and she got frightened, so he was reduced to walking everywhere.
also, because she was always so nervous, he appears to be quite wary of a lot of things.
for example: you all know about the goblin that lives behind the rock, right? or the leaf that if it turns the other way is a dangerous object? how about the carnivorous kangaroos? not to mention those scary alpaca's that are just waiting for an unsuspecting horse to walk past so they can terrorise it? lol
he's a beautiful boy, just not very brave and i was wondering if it had to do with her lack of confidence? to me this seems right but i'd like your views.
also, he's very very rough on the canter to the left. his injury is to his near hind leg. could this be part of the problem or do you think it could be a balance thing?
next week, when we start working again, im going to be doing a lot of circles with him and stretching exercises to see if this helps, but any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
ps. i thought about lunging him as well but apparently this has been used as a form of punishment for him and he gets really worked up so would like to avoid it until we have a little more confidence in each other lol
****, im rambling again, aren't i? ahh well, it is 4 in the morning at the moment!