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So i seriously had a nice little story typed out and it got lost when the computer wouldnt upload the thread. Im about to scream. :evil:


Lets try this again in a bit of a nutshell-
So as maybe some know i have been looking at purchasing a 12 year old ranch/cutting/sorting QH gelding for myself. He has basically been a work horse all his life and knows it. He is in work mode and knows once a saddles on his back or once hes pulled out of his stall hes there to work and work.

I was looking for a horse with a nice personality that id get along with. Now, im not saying hes not a nice horse but he kinda hides his personality a bit. I think it goes hand and hand with the whole work mode attitude. After i rode him the other day (in a non work mode way, just casually jogging and slow cantering) he was cuddly and kinda let his personality out a bit. I just think he hasn't had alot of time just spent cuddling on him and spending a bunch of bonding rider-horse time. To me its almost like he just was used when the person needed or wanted to ride. Which, isn't bad just not what im use to cause all of my guys are spoiled as heck!

Also, me and my trainer believe hes been struck in the face by a man at one point. He doesn't hate men but i think thats the majority of people who have really ran the heck outta him and made him WORK. As soon as a man gets on him he literally WORKS...HARD. Like even when the rider doesnt ask hes just doing it. But, when a woman gets on hes more relaxed and although he does work hard its nothing like he does when a man is on his back.
And the reason i say hes been struck is because whenever you try to grab his ears or the crest of his neck he kinda pulls his head up and away like "AH, not my ears!!" Hes not in anyway disobedient about it its just almost out of habit. He has no problems with bridling and unbridling just touching his ears/neck. I just ended up holding his halter and keeping his head down to me cause im short. :lol: But regardless if i held the halter or not he let me touch him, just moved his head away a bit.

So i guess ultimately my questions are:
1] Do you think once i prove to him that im not going to work the **** outta him then throw him away wet and just spend alot of time with him -non riding wise- that hell let that personality out? I know its in there but is it too hard to salvage??:lol:
2] What do you make on the whole head shyness (ish)?? Do you think hell permanently do it or if i worked with him hell get better? I just feel so bad thinking someone could have hit him in his face cause hes such a good boy. :?

Sorry for the short little story. I really had a nice one typed and it got lost so i just typed something quick and to the point.
 

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Sometimes the horse is not in 'work mode' he's just being respectful and obedient.....don't ever lose that quality in him.....you'll have a spoiled brat on your hands who will take complete advantage of you as soon as he sees your going to let him be 'lazy' or 'sluggish'........

All those good cow horses, reining horses you see at the shows working their butts off for their rider is because of good consistent trainng and a distinct respect for the rider - not because they got cuddled and feed treats all day.
No matter how well trained a horse is, if he is given an inch.....he will take a mile. Nothing wrong with petting him when he's done something well.....but petting just for the sake of it can sometimes upset the apple cart of a horse/human relationship......

Just a heads up:)

As for the head shyness.....it could be for a multitude of reasons, eventually he will trust you enough for you to be able to handle his ears......don't rush it.
 

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Thanks muppet!

I wasn't necissarily letting him be lazy but more in my 'speed' of things. He did the slow jog and canter very well, but something he's definitely not use to.

Maybe I'm just not use to a horse like him. But, if I do purchase him I won't be working him hard ever ride. Sometimes I just get on and walk, or go on trails..or gymkhanas or western pleasure shows... Etc. I like to dabble in everything :)
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It's good to dabble! Keeps their mind fresh! :)
 

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There's no answer to your questions honestly as it depends on the horse. Some will come around and be fine, others will trust you completely and not entirely get over it.

I really don't believe that anyone getting a new to them horse can really predict how much that will change.
 

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Thanks Alex, I kinda figured but was just wondering.
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