Even when you’re already a horse trainer, you should not stop learning about horses. Wild horses are not used to human presence. It can be very hard to train them in particular when you lack patience and determination. Training a spooky horse is awkward but if you’re up to it, a wild horse is always awaiting you.
If you posses the right attitude and skills, you can train a wild horse although it may take a while. You should be ready for possible injuries because a wild horse can be very spooky. For your training, try to assemble a schedule say a year or two. But it still depends in your horse’s learning ability and you skill in training as well.
How will you commence the training program?
Wild horses are unique from bred ones. The bred horses are already used to humans while the former is terrified of humans.
Before you commence the training program, you should gain the trust of your spooky horse. This is always the first task that you require to achieve as a trainer. You cannot possibly a train a horse which doesn’t trust whatever you tell them. It would be preferable to keep the spooky horse in a little pen. Visit him everyday and feed him. Observe your horse. When he doesn’t flee when you feed him, take it as a sign and the next day, try going inside the pen. Approach your horse slowly and rub his body. You can also employ a brush to rub against his hair.
When your horse is already familiar with your presence and he recognizes you, you can now introduce a halter. This may take time. Just carry the halter and the lead every occasion you go to your horse. Let him smell and scrutinize the objects you’re carrying. Put the rope under his neck and see if you are able to fix the halter and the lead. Leave the halter on while you’re inside the pen. When you leave, take it off again.
Once your horse is already comfortable wearing the halter, do other things. You can pick his hooves, brush him, and lead him to various places. At the beginning, your horse may be scared but later, he will acclimatize to it.
Now, it is time to introduce the saddle. Get him inside the pen and let him smell it. When he’s already familiar with the saddle, attach it to his back. Make sure that the girth is tied just enough; and not too tightly. For a couple of days, let your horse walk with the saddle in place. Do not forget to place the bit in your horse’s mouth.
After some time, try to ride your horse but ensure that someone’s around in case your horse reacts violently. Ride him inside the pen until he is already used to carrying you around. Try executing cues while inside the pen like stop, become the right, to the left, turn around, etc.
You should be according to the training program as a way for your spooky horse to learn. Here’s a tip never force a wild horse to act he is not ready to do. If you keep on pushing him, he won’t ever learn. Earn your horse’s trust first and after that, training will be a lot smoother.