Unfortunately, I did not get any pictures of Badger's training session as my camera was full after using it to record OTIS's training session.
Travis encountered a nervous distrusting and reactive soul when he did Badger's evaluation. He spent a long time with this boy and by the end of the session he was much more relaxed. He will need substantial ground work training & trust building. We hope to be able to send him for these vital tools in his foundation sometime in the fall. Before then, we need to have his teeth done as he does have some hooks, etc.
TRAVIS' Assesment of Badger: Catching: right away Sug was apprehensive when I entered his pen. He was very unsure of me and seemed scared. He took a while to catch. Ground Manners: I was able to pick up all Sug's feet with some effort. He had a high degree of tightness and anxiety. I could tough his head, ears, and mouth. Leading: Sug did lead well with very little effort. Sug could do basic ground work movements but was very jumpy and had a nervous attitude. Scary objects: was scared of flag, rope, and stick and string.
Not to sure he was ever introduced to these objects. Round Penning: was hard to keep going when round penning especially at the lope. Did not want to come in to join up or hook on. Hard to catch again when let off lead. Overall horse was not mean but scared to the point of being dangerous.
The horse is put together well and looked to have good composition. Great breeding. I would recommend that the horse be place in full time training for 4 to 6 months. Very athletic. Needs lots of love and attention.