Re: Should I give up?
I know it is me who is the problem and I'm sure he knows how to get around me. Do you think letting my instructor ride him and have me on my schoolmistress help? My instructor -caroline- thinks she's too heavy for my other horse so it would have to be me on my other horse.
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Not being rude but you are right, you are the problem!! I know because I too am my horse's worse enemy!! Since moving yards I've had alot more experienced people around me to help me out and they've pointed out my failings!! Its all been for the good of me and Kane so I don't mind!
I think having your instructor ride him and you take your other horse is a brilliant idea!! You can hack together the first ride, next ride make your boy lead the whole way, next ride increase the distance between the horses, next ride you turn back before your instructor so he has to come back alone...etc etc!! This is how I dealt with Kane's napping and it really helped! I'm not saying Kane is cured completely and he does have some silly napping but it's less extreame and I can sort it in seconds rather than hours at it used to be!!
And yes you are VERY lucky to have your horse at home..I'm very jealous, but it could also explain his napping. It might be worth considering moving him to a livery just for a month or so, give him a bit of a jolt and remind him YOU are in charge of his life so you decide where he goes and when?
When you're young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you're my age, you splatter. ~Roy Rogers