I got a new project horse, sort of. I'm starting him for this super cool family. He's a 6 year old BLM mustang, and I think he's going to be such a great trail horse once he's under saddle.
|Here I'm using vocal cues to make him walk and using the halter as if it were a bridle to steer him.|
The first day I worked him I worked on getting him to actually respect the halter... at all. Like listen dude you do actually have to stop when I apply pressure to your nose. And then yesterday I did some desensitizing:
Of which he totally wasn't a fan. And then I put the saddle on him (didn't cinch it up, don't get greedy, I'm not that good)
which actually was a bit of a mess because the saddle was too heavy for my shoulders to handle holding it up there when he skittered sideways. Whoops. Maybe I should have skipped power yoga yesterday morning.
Anyhow, I like him. I like most green horses though - they're so impressionable!
Next time I'm going to keep focusing on having him carry my weight over his back, maybe get all the way up bareback. I like to sit on horses bareback for the first few times because it allows me to separate the scary girth from the scary person.
I set my camera up to film me jumping Danny last Friday. The video is crooked, and I'm off the screen most of the time. But hey! It's a jumping morgan and some realllyyy nice tall boots that actually fit my calves now!
He's getting so much better over fences. I like to give horses a week or so off jumping before an event, but Sir Danny has had enough issues with jumps over the year I've known him that he doesn't get this luxury.
I also have a plan of attack to get Tango jumping normally (fingers crossed) before I take kids to the Fox N Horn show so that E can show him. This only went so well on Saturday when the moron decided to canter trot poles and get all freaked out about it.