Re: [RC] Not really endurance but ... (kinda long) - A. Perez
Some thoughts on the shying horse:
1. Yes, 2 months of training is too soon to soon to have
great expectations. If it is not safe to be on his back,
get off and DO GROUNDWORK! It is my opinion that at least
75% of issues under saddle result from (or can be addressed
through correcting) poor ground manners and inadequate
ground training. He should know what "No" and "Good Boy"
(ie "Yes") mean: THIS MUST BE TAUGHT! Tone of voice is NOT
enough! He should accept handling over 100% of his body,
lead from either side, fully respect your space (if you
stop suddenly while leading him and move towards him, he
should get out of YOUR way, even if he has to back up to do
it). He should know how to move forward, backwards and to
the side (laterally) in response to physical cues and,
ideally, verbal cues. You should be able to lead him
around and over scary obstacles: tarps, ramps, into
trailers, through water. After he leads well,if a suitable
ponying-horse is available, try ponying him.
2. You mention that he has been stabled and is used to humans.
How much time is this horse spending in a stall. My guess
is too much. If a horse spends alot of time shut up in a
barn, if course he'll spook at all the sights, sounds etc
out in the big scary world! Plus he's young: he needs some
chance to get his ya-yas out! Get him more field time. I
also will hazard a guess that he's getting more grain than
he needs given his workload (most horse do, IMO).
Just some thoughts,
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