I am eagerly awaiting my session with the Natural Horsmanship trainer, who I'll call T.S. He's coming in a week and a half to do a 2 hour session with me. What I know of him is that my friends highly recommend him, and he's Parelli trained. I've had my doubts about some of the Parelli stuff but the basic training has merit and I need ideas.
Rugby is tough. If you do the Parelli Horsenality Profile, he's very much a Left Brain Introvert. The traits for this kind of individual are:
Non-Responsive - (when we are at a communication impasse)
Disinterested - (when he thinks there's nothing in it for him)
Argumentative/Defiant - (not yet, but if he's handled wrong I could see this coming)
Tendancy to Buck/Charge - (well, we know about the buck...)
Unmotivated/Dull - (has pulled this one on me)
Food Oriented - (oh yeah)
Stubborn - (as in, not moving - talk to the hoof)
I have never dealt with a horse quite like this. I want to motivate him, but not with treats. I try to be creative in working with him on the ground. One of my best sessions was where I used grazing as a reward for moving on and leading. If he followed me away from the grass, I would walk him back and let him have more. If he balked, I would work to get him to lead with me and once he did he was allowed to graze more.
But I need more ideas, from someone who has worked with lots of horses and has handled a big slacker like this before. I don't think he's dumb, but I do think he's not motivated.
I want to try again in the saddle but think I need the groundwork to be better first. What is bothering me is it's hard to find a trainer who has the time to come and work with you each week. These guys are all so busy. If I had direction each week I could be further along. I'm frustrated.