I have been a member for 19 days and trying to soak every bit of imformation I can. And I have been doing mounting block exercises, into pressure exercises, and Dually halter training. My horse Tokia is stabled. I clean her pen and feed everyday. Tokia is 8 years old and I have had her since she was 5 months old. I got her from an old fashioned cowboy how was a brute.....he was supposed to be teaching me everything I needed to know about horses. ok, his idea of training me was having a fit about tieing the saddle up when you got done, and saddling her up and telling me to ride. He thought horses were the dumbest things on the planet and you can't let a horse ever beat you. Round pens were torture chambers. I figured out how to catch her in a 300 achre pasture the hard way, and the wrong way, he made me buy bags of horse treats, apples and things and I was almost trampled by the other horses many times. I learned how to catch her, because if i didn't the cowboy would get mad and chase the entire herd of horses around until he got them into a bottle neck spot where he could trap them. Tokia and a few other foals and poneys were so small I feared for their lives. She was allowed to get pregnant as soon as she was able....living with a guy who claimed he was an expert. And I witnessed the way he put a baby, or tried to put a terrified baby on a trailer. That was the last straw for me, my horse and her baby moved into town. It was the first time i ever drove a horse trailer, but i was able to walk tokia into it and the baby went in pretty easily. I think I over compensated once she was safe in the stable. Now, everyone thinks my horse is smart but spoiled rotten. I get caught doing Dually exercises, or mounting block exercises, I keep getting told thats all stupid stuff, just get on that horse and put hours in the saddle on her, put her to work, make her sweat. I tried explaining I'm taking an online university training me how to train my horse. I'm getting all this you can't learn how to train your horse from a video. and all the negative hassle. He recently got a ride he wasn't expecting from his horse scared to death of a plastic bag that flew into a fence, I wanted to tell him so bad how to get the horse used to bags, but there is no way he will listen to anything I saw on a video....he is going to put plastic bags all over the horses pen. I had Tokia on her Dually and lead rope while he was making noises with the bags scaring his horse, and Tokia didn't once react while he was doing it. I told him I can put a tarp up on her back like a raincoat and it wouldn't bother her. He only commented "well, some horses just aren't scared of them."
I've worked with Tokia on plastic bags, tarps, and even walking over pallets and tin.
So My biggest training problem is to be out there during the day when he is at work. I have so much more to learn, and my horse and I have to work out issues thats prety much been around since I first got her. She is the dominent mare around me and we need to rebuild our relationship. Tonight's training session with the dually halter went better than it ever has. I didn't let her get me upset, I stayed calm, and she finally started taking steps backward for me.