Being an uneducated colt he is trying to make some choices for himself (and me) and they are mostly BAD ones!
Anytime we allow horses to make choices for themselves in training it usually fails miserably. In my opinion, horses rely on a strong leader (an alpha if you will), just as they would in the wild and that leader is the person at the end of the line or in the saddle.
When starting horses, there are two very important components that need to be present for success. The first is clear communication and the second is forward motion. It doesn't have to be pretty or perfect but it has to 'be'.
I have found there are many tricks that young ones try when they begin their education and we have to decide which are part of the learning process and which are just obstinate bad behaviour.
Have you ever just sat out in a field and observed a broodmare and foal interact?
In the beginning when a foal is born, most mares are extremely nurturing, gentle and protective. As the foal grows physically and mentally it starts to test boundaries which includes its treatment of its dam. The foal may kick the mare, jump on it, bite when suckling and more! For the first little while a mare will take it, then one day without warning she may bite that foal HARD to discipline! It is always the same result, the look on that foals face is priceless!!! WHERE THE HECK DID THAT COME FROM??? And so starts the learning process...
During this training session (3rd time on line) LM decided that he would like to go back into the barn to the other horses, and like every horse he knew where the door was. Whether you are on the ground training or in the saddle riding, it is usually that third training session where you get the biggest reaction. (In their heads they are thinking, OH I GOT THIS!!!)
He started by just stopping which I responded with gentle coaxing with my voice and body position, when THAT didn't work he threw in a rear to which I offered a little crack of the whip to the air behind him, to this he responded by firing with both back feet which resulted in a crack to his hiney with the whip! And ALAS, there was that look, WHERE THE HECK DID THAT COME FROM???
That was the end of the fight for the day, we ended on a forward note and back into his stall he went to be tied to the wall to contemplate what he just had learned.
Until the next time,