I've had Sam for a month now, and it seems like about once a week there's a day when he's just acting like a brat when I'm riding. Nothing serious, just antsy or stubborn. A couple of times it was around feeding time, which I'm guessing is the reason he kept trying to go back toward the barn when we'd get to that side of the field, and the other time was just in the middle of the afternoon and he was being stubborn and acting distracted. Like I said, he doesn't act dangerous or anything, just annoying, and it makes it hard to really work on anything.
Do your horses ever act bratty around feeding time or seemingly at arbitrary times? If so, what do you do? So far, I've just corrected the individual behaviors (not letting him trot when I want him to walk, not letting him jerk me toward the barn) but in general just shrug my shoulders and call it a bad night. I'm firm in not letting him get away with those things (a smack with the crop for a shoulder dive, making him do circles, etc), but for just acting like a pest in general, I'm not sure what I could really do about it. Any advice?