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.
I got him out of the pasture again today and he was really good again. He came up when he saw me and put his head down to say hi and get haltered.
I messed up taking him on the concrete. I was kind of going for a “we’re just going to walk up on this sucker” so I was walking forward just trying to keep the momentum up, instead of staying by him and stopping and going “please please tug tug”. I should have stayed beside him with my eye on him, I know I could have done that and stayed safe while keeping the momentum going. Lessons learned from mistakes right? Well, fortunate for me he was super good and walked onto the concrete just like he should and turned with me and stopped to get cross tied.
He kept being his awesome self and stood for me for the most part. At the beginning he would try to step forward off the concrete into the dirt isle. I can’t really describe it but I was just like “hey dude cmon, that game was so yesterday, let’s just get this done so we can get out of here” and he stopped. Then he tried lipping me. Not nipping but lipping. Sooo I sqwooshed his lips together and tugged on them whenever he tried that.
Then we went out for his lunge lesson. His old owner would have him go around in a half circle then turn around and go the other way, and stop sometimes and come in to her. It all served some purpose, but my trainer just wants him to go in a circle, listen to her when she says walk, trot, woah, etc. He’s really smart, we weren’t out there very long and he was relaxed and listening by the end of it instead of watching her and being tense like he started. She said he was trained to watch body language before and she wants him to still do that, but just with his one eye while he is running around. In the beginning, she had to come in toward him with her head down like a charging bull to get him to stop (that’s what his old owner did). By the end, she could say wooaahh and he would stop.