Hi, I am writing to inquire about some training. I purchased an 8 yr old paint/draft cross (I am guessing
by his build) last fall, to be my new trail, organized ride, parade, fun show, basically all around partner. Long story
short, we've got some problems. I am only able to guess, but I think someone has not been real nice to him somewhere
in his past before. He's very hard to catch, I have to bring all the horses into their stalls in the barn
and catch him in his stall because I don't leave halters on either, not that you can get close to him anyway without grain,
he's very untrusting, jumpy, somewhat spooky, etc...all the things you don't want in a trail horse really...on the ground.
He is broke to ride, but is buddy sour. He does seem to have more confidence under saddle, and I have had people tell
me to not worry about it because he is better under saddle, but my experience tells me if and when I put him in the right
situation under saddle, that behavior will come out, and it'll add up to a wild ride or a wreck, neither of which I want.
I recently began studying Parelli, and I can't even get in the round pen with him with the carrot stick...I believe I
need help. I am on that edge of giving up, but don't want to...I have such hopes for a relationship with him.
He deffinately needs the kind of training you do, I really want to get him a little jump start so I feel able and safe enough
to begin level 1 with him.
I can't tell you much of his past, just what I was told I basically do the opposite of...his past owner told me to 1.
never take his halter off or i'd never catch him again 2. always use a rope to pick up his back feet 3. always make
sure he's tied to something solid even to brush him, not sure why that was, but I don't do it, if he feels he needs to get
away I want him to be able to, not stand there and fight instead. Maybe I should be doing that, not really sure, everything
i've learned before tells me not to though. He's not really done anything wrong he's just very tense and jumpy, but
he's never bucked, kicked, bit, anything like that before. Thanks so much, I was really wondering if he's something
I could tackle on my own.