Sweet, gentle, kind... and rather dim, bless him.
Last October he was leading well. He knew 'back up' and he'd even pick feet up without having a hissy fit. He'd stand, he'd walk, he'd trot in hand.
Then he had the winter off....
And has apparently forgotten what halters are for at all. I'd think he was trying it on but he's actually trying to step over the lead rope, has no idea about yielding to pressure and is getting all worried because he doesn't know what I'm asking of him.
After three days he's now yielding to pressure on the halter again, has just about got the hang of 'back up' again and is on the way to trot (just needs to remember he has to stay near the bod on the other end of the lead. That seemed to addle him a bit too).
So how do you get a horse to remember what he's learnt? It's not exactly practical to work him every day but it seems at the moment that unless I want to run lengthy refresher courses in Things You Know Already it's the only way he'll remember.
And this is just basic halter training... what happens when we move on to more complicated things?
I despair of him.... but he is such a love!