Now I am already back to worrying if I will ever get him trained. I am having the same old problems I've always had with him. He does everything I want, he just has attitude doing it!
For instance today I was touching up his feet with a rasp, and while I was doing the fronts, besides wanting to pull them away (which wasn't a biggie, I can work with that) he also wants to nip me. And I couldn't really correct him or do anything about it because of the position I was in. He doesn't use his teeth, but still.....
And he is always wanting to to either nip at my leg when I pony him, or the neck of the pony horse. I have been carrying a dressage whip and he does get smacked. A lot. But it just doesn't seem to make an impression. And if he's not nipping, he's trying to chew my reins, saddle strings, breastcollar billets, etc.
This stuff is nothing new, but I just can't seem to get it into his head that this is wrong behavior. I don't know if it is playful, or dominance issues.
Anyway, that is one of the reasons I gelded him as soon as the vet said it was okay- because I don't want the rude behavior to get worse.
He really is a good boy. He leads, ponies, ties, picks up his feet, trailer loads, takes his dewormer, moves off of pressure. Backs out of my space when I make a kissing sound. So he does everything I want him to, I just don't know why he can't loose the attitude.
I pray that if I keep working at it, eventually he will mature. He has TONS of energy and is very playful. He doesn't have anyone else his age to play with. Just his mom and my older gelding. So that's why I think he tries to initiate things with me.
We will keep trudging away at it. I had no idea raising a baby would be so hard!