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post #31 of 32 Old 06-08-2016, 01:36 PM
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Sounds to me like you haven't really developed a bond with this horse. Horses that like their humans will leave the herd and come to them voluntarily. If every time you catch him it is to ride him, you haven't spent a whole lot of quality time with him.

It doesn't sound like he's really dangerous. You're just on the same learning curve as all beginners are. He was probably a bit young as a first horse, but you have him now so I wouldn't necessarily give up. He's probably filling in alot for you (i.e. taking care of you) so maybe he can be a good teacher for you.

Why not spend more time with him and see if you can develop a better rapport? Learn how HE communicates so you will notice things like his ears and which way his attention is focused (should be on you). I agree with finding a good instructor. Someone who can work with BOTH of you together and teach you what you need to learn so you can catch up with your horse. This should start on the ground, not under saddle.

Good luck and I hope things work out.
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post #32 of 32 Old 06-16-2016, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE: Thanks everyone for all of your great advice. I have decided to keep him and focus on my training along with his. I had a family emergency and was out of state for 4-5 weeks, but have come back to the barn and he is doing really well. They moved the mare out of his paddock and he is so easy to catch now. I am going to the barn more often during the week and working with him on the ground. Looking for new barn/instructor but not giving up. Thanks again everyone!
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