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post #21 of 23 Old 10-03-2016, 03:20 PM
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I don't buy into the right/left/intro/extro at all.

Horses may come from situation where it wasn't great, or was pretty bad, or very bad, and you deal with that with calm handling and not babying horse.

Tiptoeing around one will make even a horse that has no past per se, into a Nervous Nellie.

Behaving as if horse was just another horse is best, do what you need to do, and go on. Trying to analyze a horse, is busywork for a human. Past the point of being more aware of what is going on, and adapting slightly, as in cross tying one facing out versus in corner of stall, for example, never spent time worrying about "what is this horse."

There is a lot of overthinking in horses, it does not take months upon months to be able to work with one, and you don't have to build up "trust/bond/love" either. You have to be the one running the show.

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post #22 of 23 Old 10-03-2016, 03:39 PM
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while I agree with Palomine, and have no idea how to decipher those complicated categorizations, horses DO differ, and thus your approach is going to differ a bit.

some horses are very worried animal, some are super confident to the point of being pushing. you'd deal with those two horses a bit differently.

yesterday I went and rode my friend's new QH. he had a lifetime of being a 'working' horse. he is a bit worried because he is expecting that he will be given orders , hard and fast, and it's his duty to comply as soon as possible. thus, he doesn't really enjoy just hanging with humans. he is anxious to get about his job, and only seems to feel good if he is pleasing you.

for him, I'd do a lot of things where he CAN get the "good boy, well done" reward. but, I'd also work on slowing things down , bit by bit, because his new life is going to be a lot slower, so having him able to enjoy that, too, would be desirable. and, he doesn't like to be touched. that might never change, so personally, I'd not waste my or his time with a whole lot of cuddling. to him, it's tortuous.
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post #23 of 23 Old 03-01-2017, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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I thought I'd update ya'll all on how he is going!
He is almost a completely different horse. Thank you all for your advice, it has helped so much!
Sorry I haven't replied sooner... life likes to take control sometimes! Haha oops!


We've passed all of our boundaries at a very steady pace, plus putting on weight and muscle on as the weather gets cooler. But I'm finally riding him!!
From a horse that was scared of people and even the sight or smell of new things, like the saddle for example. He was petrified of it at the start. But now he's a little trooper!
He is so giving and kind on the ground or in the saddle. There are still a bunch of things to overcome yet, but I couldn't be happier with us.
ALSO, starting by the 5th of May where I live, we are doing a 21 day riding challenge. So far we have over 50 people participating.
You have to ride every single day, even if it were for 10 minutes. You still have to!
To prove that you have & in that time what you've achieved you upload a photo of yourself riding every day like a journal. Its going to be great!
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