Guinness came to us in the spring as an owner surrender. He is a gorgeous Rocky Mountain with nice gaits. Guinness was put under saddle by a trainer at a show barn for gaited horses. It appears that his training was very rough. He came in sweet and willing but hot and reactive. So, for example if you asked him to move over he would move 20 steps instead of one step. He started out in the spring as kind but skittish and unpredictable. Additionally he had been alone for a few years and not ridden.
Our first goal was to get his hooves back under control, he was down on his hocks, and to give him a chance to try to relax some before we really started working with him. He has spent this summer doing just that, hanging out in the pasture with horse friends and just horse. This seems to have worked as he is a lot more relaxed, not reactive and fun to ride. His sweetness and willingness never changed. He loves being with people. We began riding him in September and he responded beautifully. He now has strong ground work skills and handles all the basics for despooking, bathing, farrier, loading, etc. We have not yet had him on trails with lots of different obstacles like streams, for example. That is our next step. Because he was trail ridden I expect him to be good with these things but want to test him first. He is up to date on all vaccines, farrier trims, worming, and Coggins. Guinness is microchipped as are all of our horses.
You can find video of Guinness doing ground work and being ridden at a three-day clinic in October on our YouTube channel at the following links: https://youtu.be/TxTFaQqxGGQ and https://youtu.be/wrQfnusxCzg