Originally Posted by horsedreamerforheartland View Post
He is about ten years old and I bought him from the same man who broke him in. I think because they were trail riding horses, max has only ever been with other horses ... I am not too shore on how good the trainer was but he was like a bushman and didn't care much about helmets and things. He told us that max's teeth had never been checked before when we bought him and he said he is the only one that has cut their feet.
It's great that you realize there is a problem and that you seek help here.
If I were you, considering what you said about the teeth, I would get a vet checkup ASAP. If teeth weren't done, nothing else probably was either. Secondly, you absolutely need a trainer if you don't know what to do about what you call his lack of respect, or you are slowly and surely creating a spoiled brat that will be useless to you and at worst will hurt you.
I am certainly no expert as others here on this forum are, but for what it is worth, this is what happened to me.
I am very new to horses, about 2 years now, and bought a mare back in February after leasing her for several months. After moving her to a new barn, fattening her up, getting her wormed and good care, she began acting up a little, and then kicked me once when picking up a back foot. That was it... I enlisted the help of a trainer who fortunately is at my barn, and after just a couple of days of ground work with her, she has improved amazingly fast. I work with her every day before I ride her. Now I also know what to do when she needs an attitude adjustment. And I am still learning from the trainer.
Good luck, and let us know what happens!