This is a post from my horseforum.com thread that I started when I got Max. I’m so lucky the forum is still around and I was able to go back and add it to Lipizzan Life.
Today I got him out of his stall and my trainer worked with me to get him to walk up onto the concreted grooming area. He didn’t want to do it right away for some reason. She said he was testing me. She ended up having me hold a small grain bucket toward the back of the concrete while I held his lead rope, with her shooing and waving him from back where he was standing. So of course he goes right through me and walks over the concrete and out to the grass outside. Which got me in trouble… blah. Thankfully he walked right back to the concrete and where he was supposed to be when I asked him to. Then we put him out to pasture. I went out and got him after my riding lesson (which sucked because of me not the horse, altho after awhile she was kind of adding to the suck) and put him in his stall. I’m going to have a lesson tomorrow that’s just lunging him and working with him from the ground. It’s kind of depressing knowing that I have this amazing animal and just about everything I do with it is wrong but I’m trying to keep my head up and keep working on learning. It’s the price I have to pay for getting him so early. And when I was out in the field with him, putting on his halter after he came up to me and put his head down for it, it was the only time I just didn’t feel like bawling my eyes out all day. Cuz he’s just so wonderful