Teach me about The Morgan Mind (Long)
I have been around a few Morgans in my time and I remember those horses as having "big" personalities-- not necessarily hot, but these were horses that announced themselves, wanted you to acknowledge them and sometimes, made it clear that they wouldn't take orders just because you gave them.
I haven't had to teach one... until now. And this thing is Green and 11 years old. Any advice?
Here are his main ingredients:
1. He is smart. This one studies his notes after a ride and comes out needing no reminder next time.
2. He is challenging. He'll ask repeatedly and in different ways if he really has to do what The Man says. E.g.--- I lunge him and he might turn his head to that he can sear my soul with both his eyes. He'll technically do what I ask, but let me know that he thinks he's just humoring me.
3. He is self-preserving. See #2. This horse did turn his butt to me once and I came after him, can of whup-a$$ right open (which is not what he expected to). So he hasn't done that again. But he will continue to challenge to lesser extents.
4. He is people-oriented and affectionate. He likes having a job. He adores attention. He also gets jealous of other horses getting attention when he is not. He'll say "Hey come here, go dammit" and (ears back) "F U for not coming over here."
My main question is about the #3 feature of this horse. Does he need to just pick and lose fights over and over and over? Or would he prefer the brief and clear CTJ meeting?
Insofar as he likes people and likes having a job, I think he might enjoy both more if he could let go of the challenging part.
Whaddathink, you Morgan experts?