After taking Stella as far as she was capable of ( all of L2 except the gallop asssignment, not for lack of trying )I had a long break from QS and last year got Dexter , a 3yr old ID, I am his 5th owner already.
I aquired him in the April and had him started by a NH colt starter/ horse developer in england.
Not doing much with im over the winter apart from hacking him every sunday when the weather permitted he has been very good.
After deciding to start Dexter in the QS programme now that he has had his time off he is teaching me lots of valuable lessons.
So in no paticular order today he taught me that if I was not in the right position to ask him to move his shoulders over he would rush back and either rear or strike out at me, so I became a fast learner today too.
Next, take time to make it clear what I want and release as soon as he even thinks about it! if I dont he takes it as me nagging him. When I get my timing right he is so willing and light and he also learns fast. Yesterday he would not yield for a fore 1/4 turn today he was quit happy to oblige , WAIT FOR HIM !
In the "teaching "phase, slow down and accept every little try. Then when he undersatnds he doesnt pull all those crabby faces and get mad with me.
Listen to what he has to say, listen to his opinion. If he says NO change the way I asked till he understands.