Tried updating an old post for Pye, but it's not brought the thread to the top of the list so have done a new thread for it.
Thread was Pye a willing partner....
Pye has taken a step backwards in his training, part of being leader of the bigger herd, part new field since June, that has scary trees around it and part clown sightings, well in Darrell's (my daughters) mind, she alert for clown sightings and has become nervous at the field thinking they'll be out to get her. Not that we've seen any but Social Media has a big influence on a young mind.
Taking Pye into the carrel area to do one on one work, he's become very alter to the point of stressed that something is in the trees. Although we have herd exercise I've only just started getting back to individual exercise to be more specific in what they do. Pye has become nicely desensitized to the lunge whip out in the fields, will even come up and touch it after I've been spinning it around to increase energy as they run around together. Taking the lunge whip in the carrel to guide him like I do in the open spaces completely turned him and he went straight back into a defensive horse ready to attack. My response was throw the whip on the floor and stamp on it, then step back and let him take it in what I'd done. I got licking and chewing, but as soon as I picked the lunge whip up again it was straight back to fight mode and his stress levels were enormous . I threw the whip on the ground again but closer to him, stepped over it and became submissive and calm before him, he touched my head to acknowledge I'm not going to hurt him and we walked side by side to the gate and I let him back to the field.
My plan is to take it slowly, he knows I'm not going to hurt him, he's let me spin the lunge over his head when on the dually as part of desensatising, but he's been badly hurt with a lunge whip in the past so any input from the forum would be appreciated please. Has anyone come across a horse that knows how to attack humans. He needs one on one exercise as his back is becoming lazy and dropping even with herd exercises it's not enough. Reminder I'm too heavy to ride him and I won't let anyone else ride him as he know how to buck with intent to remove the rider.
My thought was my action of holding the lunge whip in the smaller space brought back bad memories for him.