Last week was the one month anniversary of buying Peebs. I've definietly learned a ton about him, some good some not so good, and have a much better idea of what we need to work on going forward.
Our major breakthrough for the month was figuring out what bit to use. I've already talked about it, but I'm still so surprised how different he is in the pelham vs other bits. Would I like to not have to deal with two reins, yes. But I'd rather have a happy pony while juggling a handful of leather than a pissed off pony.
He's ear shy, and so far is not at all interested in having his ears clipped. I'm playing around with getting an anatomic bridle but finding something that's legal in the hunter/eq ring is a bit of a challenge. Especially with a limited budget. He's also not a fan of bridleing. He wants to poke his nose out then nod his head up and down before he lets you put it on. It's more of an annoyance rather than anything, but it's still a pain. I'm hoping that getting his teeth done next week (also yay drugs for ear clipping!!) will help, and maybe the anatomic bridle would help too.
Lead changes freak him out. Someone has obviously rushed him through them, and probably gotten after him about them. Poor pony wants to drop his butt and scoot forward all nervous the couple times I've asked. You can tell it upsets him. But on the flip side, I'd say a good 90% of the time if I have him coming forward to the fence and ask he'll land on the correct lead. The plan for now is to just do simple changes and focus on getting him to land on the correct lead.
He's a gross, disgusting pig in his stall. Since I'm on self care at my barn, I clean my stall and know exactly how gross he is. He likes to poop and pee in the middle of his stall and lay down in it. Even blanketed he constantly has crusty pee spots on him and smells of poop. It hasn't been warm enough to bathe, but it's supposed to get warmer this week so pony boy is getting a bath. Unfortunately I don't think there's anything I can do to fix this one.