For $650, she seemed like a steal and I've wanted a chocolate palomino since I was a kid. However, she was misrepresented by the original owner. After we put the weight back on her she turned out to be as hot under saddle as my thoroughbred. Not spooky but definitely not kid-safe. She wouldn't stand still for mounting (I understand that gaited horses are often trained to take off as soon as the rider's foot is in the stirrup). She's a forward mover but unruly under saddle and toward the end of summer tried to run my daughter (who is an adult but not an experienced rider) under a gooseneck trailer.
I found this program less than a month ago and the change in this mare has been astounding. I've spent about 3 days a week for the last 3 weeks just doing groundwork with the Dually halter (after free lunging for 20 minutes). It took a bit longer with an 18 yr old mare than the 2 yr old gelding in the video, but I felt it to be a reasonable amount of time. I was getting fairly quick results but Luna needed to be reminded of past lessons more often than a younger horse might. BTW, I am also using clicker training and giving rewards for positive behavior. It seems to work a bit quicker and the treats can be phased out over time.
Today, which is day 26, I decided to work on having Luna stand still at the mounting block. It took 30 minutes to stand still when:
1. Beside the block
2. With me standing on the block
3. With my foot in the stirrup (no weight)
4. Standing in the stirrup
5. Sitting on her back.
Luna hasn't been saddled since July and I had absolutely no intention of actually sitting in the saddle today, but she progressed so quickly that I decided to go for it. Since sitting in the saddle went well, I rode her once around the arena in the Dually halter with some barrel racing reins clipped to the side rings. On previous rides, it was very difficult to get her to slow down or stop even with a curb bit (she almost completely ignored the snaffle). With the Dually halter, she responded to "whoa" and rein pressure, and stayed at a steady walk.
This program and halter are nothing short of amazing! I'm thrilled that this awesome mare, who was neglected and either misused or abused in the past, now has a chance to reach her full potential as a willing partner.