A Big Napoleon Complex

6 Jan


We finally started some serious work with the Dukester.  The pictures are unfortunately still in the camera.  Dukie has a small Napoleon complex.  Or is that a big Napoleon complex?

To help with that, he was forced to wear Katie’s fuzzy pink harness pad for ground driving.  I discovered he also takes a smaller bit that I have, so I had to order a new bit.  And thanks to our trainer, his bridle now fits since his head is extremely small even for a mini.  He also likes to bite people so some ground work is in order to build respect.

But he is an athletic little guy.  He is show ring rather than dressage trained, so we are working to have him become more responsive to half halts.   I’m looking forward to working with him more.   Macho is doing really well so he is going to get out and start getting into driving condition again, too.  It is a big challenge to go from a well-trained schoolmaster type driving horse like Macho to a greener, younger horse.   There’s also a bond with the old horse that needs time to form with a new horse.


13 Responses to “A Big Napoleon Complex”

  1. pigeon1970 January 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    Sounds like a fun winter activity. Getting outside is a good thing.

    • A New Path January 7, 2014 at 7:23 am #

      It is nice when it’s not raining. Today will not be very nice to go out.

  2. Kevin January 7, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    I love your blog even if I don’t have a clue about horse training.

    • A New Path January 7, 2014 at 7:22 am #

      Thank you! I appreciate it. I love your blog, too.

  3. PigLove January 7, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    What an absolute cutie!! XOXO – Bacon

  4. The Dancing Rider January 7, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Sounds like a great project. What a photo that is! He is adorable, and I like that he’s got a personality! 🙂

  5. aspireequestrian January 7, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    He looks totally huggable 🙂 🙂

  6. capitalcowgirl January 8, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    He is precious! What does Katie think of him?

    • A New Path January 8, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

      Thank you 🙂 . She is very upset that he is here and has been pinning her ears and stomping at him. She tried to drive him off out in the pasture and he quickly let her know he was in charge! Katie has a little Napoleon complex herself.

      • capitalcowgirl January 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

        Whoops! Well, he will learn 🙂

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