George was seized by law enforcement officers and then awarded to a rescue
organization by the courts. The rescue knew nothing of his history - not
what he had been used for in the past, how he was treated, or whether or not he
was even broke to ride. George spent the first few months in a foster home
gaining weight and recuperating.
After George gained weight, someone test-rode him and found out he was broke
to ride, but they said he was very rusty. He moved to The Equine Behaviorist's
barn so she could work with him.
After letting him settle in, The Equine Behaviorist started working with
George. She quickly discovered that he was not so rusty - but he was very
insecure when being ridden. He was not spooky and did not jump or bolt, but
when asked to do anything new - like step over a pole on the ground or cross
a dry creek bed - George would hesitate, sidestep, and even balk the first time.
Once he did what was asked of him the first time, he would do it again and
again without hesitating. He was leery of anything new, but once he learned
that it would not hurt him, he was willing to do it again without question.
Since he was so insecure, The Equine Behaviorist decided that George needed
to see anything and everything she could find: tarps, small jumps, barrels to weave
around, cones to turn around, etc. The more he saw, the more his confidence
began to grow and the less unsure he was about new things.
George's issues with easy to handle - he just needed to feel secure with his
rider, and he needed to see a variety to help build his confidence. The more
he was ridden, the better he got. His rider did have to remain steady and a nervous
rider would make George more nervous. A harsh rider who reprimanded George
for balking instead of urging him forward would have also made George more
Before long, George was a nice riding horse who was able to step out with