I sent Batman back to his breeder. Owning this horse has been quite an experience. I went from “I have such a friendly horse” to “uh oh, I don’t feel safe on this horse”. What happened? This is how Batman looked when I first met him. He grew taller and wider at our farm. I rode him once at the breeder’s place. There were two other horses with me. He seemed ok. At that time my biggest concern was that his mane looked chopped off at the top.
This is the 2nd time I got thrown off Batman. He spooked! I figured he needed more groundwork. So I dug in and did a lot of groundwork.
I was pretty happy with Batman’s groundwork!
The riding portion, not so much. At one point, I thought we had a riding breakthrough in the arena. He was responding nicely to my cues and moving well. But the next time I rode him I sensed that something was off. On my birthday weekend and he threw me off and stepped on my foot. The following weekend, he bit me hard on the arm. It was like he figured out what I wanted him to do and decided to do the opposite. I realized that Batman was not the right horse for me.
Loading a horse into a trailer is serious business! After one botched attempt, here we are doing things properly. It was great to watch Darwin work with Batman. The key is to make the horse think that being outside the trailer is hard work and being inside the trailer is where you rest and relax.
It takes time, patience, and horse handling skills!
Takoy, calmly having his hooves trimmed while watching the trailer loading proceedings.
Soon Batman was ready to enter the trailer!
Now Batman is safely back at his breeder’s farm. He’s with people who are much more qualified to deal with him. My confidence in my horse handling skills is shaken, but I’m thankful that I had the sense to recognize the limits of my horse skills and get out of the situation with just a few bruises. Next week I’ll be starting a Horsemanship 101 training program for my caretakers, just in case there was something they were doing that contributed to Batman’s becoming so hard-headed.
Goodbye Batman. I wish you well!