It's been a while since I posted on this forum but I just thought that I would let you know how I've been getting on with my cob over the last year.
When I first brought him home last year he was a little monster and was bargy, bolshy and had no manners or respect. I realise now that these tactics probably worked on the previous owners and that he wa spractically starved, which didn't help matters.
After being dragged around and nearly having my limbs detached from my body, I sought the services of a local 'natural horsemanship' instructor. She became my saviour and within hours I had 'control' over my cob - well at least some of the time. We didn't get on well at all and didn't bond, we seemed to be meeting head-on most of the time.
My cob apparently was only good for hacking and wouldn't do schooling work. He rushed around the school, couldn't bend, napped through his shoulder and wouldn't canter - he was so unbalanced and would try to evade work by trying to get my leg caught in the fence
. For the next year he would think of different ways to get out of doing things - he was so intelligent but also picked up new things really easily.
Anyway, a year on and especially this week, he has been an absolute angel. He is soon to be 7 and I can lead him in and out of the field with just a leadrope round his neck or holding on to his forelock. I can hack out and canter him along the riverbank and stop him when I want. I can do lots of schooling work and lunging and groundwork in the school, and even started jumping now. He is really flexible, balanced and light and improving all the time.
Even a few months ago he regressed slightly and we had disagreements and I talked of selling him but now he has given me the confidence to go out hacking and have a big smile across my face, even when he spooks
. I just wonder how it would have been if I hadn't had the help of my wonderful instructor who we still have weekly lessons from?