hope you are all fine. My life has changed quite a lot within the past months, especially since November 2015, where I have started up my own business. I am working as a non-medical practitioner, physiotherapist and chiropractor for horses and dogs now. Also I am offering workshops and starting horses or helping people with difficult horses.
It's working out quite fine, but at the moment I am really in trouble with one of my starters:
He is the gelded son of "For Pleasure", one of the most famous show jumping horses from Germany. Unfortunately, his father is known to be a very difficult horses, and so is his son. Ruby (that's the starter's name) came out to be a talented bucker under the rider. The rider mounts, he stands still, and all of a sudden, he starts rearing up, comes down onto his feet again and then starts bucking like hell. So, I put on a buckstopper, and he stopped bucking. Sometimes he is still thinking about it, you can feel he is getting very tense under the rider, but he doesn't do it. No big deal so far. But the problem is, you can't get him to move. You can give all the correct cues, you can cluck, and there can even be someone on the ground helping you with his bodylanguage, he doesn't move. Eventually he will start moving, but only for as long as he wants to and only in the direction he wants to go. So, there is no possibility of traveling along. Even another horse infront of him or riding on a single long line (which I absolutely to not like) did not help. As soon as he is standing and you give him all the cues to go forward, he will start backing up. I startet backing him up, to see if there is a point where he gets mad about it and starts to want to go forward, but instead he starts rearing up. When he rears up I am afraid of him falling backwards, so that's why I did not try the giddy up rope yet, I fear he would do the same.
So, as we do not have any more ideas at the moment (I am really desperate right now), please, help me! I would love to read all your ideas and will be back out there on monday morning next week to try anything.
Best whishes from Hamburg, Germany,