I’ve had this little gelding for just over 4 months now. This guy would crack in half everytime you lunged him (check the comments for that video), wouldn’t follow his nose to guide, and was just very green. I’ve had a lot of horses like him, but there’s one significant difference with his one. His owner. She knew he wasn’t solid, but really liked him and thought he had potential (like most owners). Except, she told me to keep him as long as I thought I needed him, to get him broke. Generally people want 30 days. Sometimes 60. Rarely can you squeeze 90 days training out of people who just “want a safe horse, nothing fancy.” 🙄 Well, this horse at 90 days was probably 25% better. I wasn’t thrilled to send him home with that. He needed chiropractic adjustments, muscle, shoeing, and miles. 4 months in, the change happened. This guy has been on great trail rides, through water, been ridden in drill team practice, carries a flag, is starting to nail his lead changes and just rode in a parade. I can’t wait for his owner to enjoy him. He is an amazing horse with an even better personality. The hardest part of my job is definitely sending them home…..they do become family.
Most people would have givin up on him the first 60 days. Deemed not worth it. He is every penny worth it and his owner will reap those benefits. This guy will be able to do anything. Most importantly….take her and her family down the trail safely.
Don’t hold your trainer to excellence within a certain timeframe. Horses have their own timeline, and we must adhere to it. ❤️