Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Detroit, Michigan
One person horse?
I know there were a couple of threads awhile back about this but I cannot seem to find exactly what I'm looking for so here I am at 1:30 am begining a new one.
I have next to ZERO experience with TB's, and this is part of the reason I am kinda throwing this out there, I am used to arabs, and we all know how silly THEY can be.
Anyhow, as some of you know I bought my TB Gelding Butch in December, but had been riding him for a woman for three months before that because she wanted him worked and was afraid to ride him since she had been tossed once when he was 'in a mood'.
Having had only a few hours each week with him I never tried too hard to dig too deep into why he may have acted that way with her. He also rolled over on her once and rolled on another person once, but never gave me the slightest impression that he might do something like that when I was riding him.
Well, now I've got him back and he's mine and I am seeing more and more of his personality shine through his Eyore Facade.
So, by now I have been riding him for 5 months, and have never had a single problem. We have worked diligently on his ground manners and I sometimes employ the help of my BF to get him used to more comfortable with someone besides myself, as my daughter and her friends are all excited to ride him.
Yet, it seems every time I hand him off to BF something crazy happens. He has rolled twice, bucked twice, and just straight out refuses to listen to the most general commands. He jerks away from BF, buries his head in the grain bin, won't stand still, tries to refuse the saddle, he just turns into a complete mess.
When I see these things, which I can put an end to by just stepping into view and sometimes a 'PSH!' it makes me wonder about his past.
His last owner said SHE had trouble controlling him and I've spoken to a couple other people who have said 'You bought THAT? For HOW MUCH? WHY? He's uncontrollable!'
But... he's NOT. He's SENSITIVE. At least that's what I think.
What do you guys think?
Is he sensing with others that he can get away with murder and so doing just that? Or does he actually have THAT much faith in me that I won't steer him into danger?
His biggest issue is being led out of the pasture. He is the low man on the totem pole and so a couple of the horses will follow us and try to nip his rear end. When I am leading him, I shove him genty to the side and wave the lead rope at the others and he stands patiently, watching me.
If someone else is leading him and the other horses try this business, he starts to buck and has nearly run one person over trying to get out of the way.
I'm sorry this is so long, but his behavior is so drastically different when he is with me than anyone else and at times I am so touched because it is clear he trusts me, he has never once fought me on something I asked him to do, but I worry that he might never be able to get along with anyone else. As far as having others ride him or what not. He's is NOT down.
So, end of rant, is he a one person horse or does he just need more time? Either way I don't mind, he is the great love of my life and if he is just mine, that is what it is, I will just have to fenaggle another, less sensitive horse for the girls and BF.
He knows when you're happy
He knows when you're comfortable
He knows when you're confident
And he always knows when you have carrots.