I think there is an invisible line at the end
of our property line, it seems to really scare my horse.
I've been working with him a lot, he is awesome riding in the pen-very soft and responds to the smallest movement of the reins, and at lessons (the trainer loves him and thinks I could "do anything I want with him"--ugh), but he is buddy sour and barn sour. (when we trailer out somewhere he is mostly fine, but walking off the farm...)
I'm beat, I took him out with the intention of riding til dark if I have to only ending on MY terms. We got down the road a bit, he dead stopped at our line. I nudged him, he shakes his head, turns around, I turn him in circles (if I pull back to stop him when he is headed toward home he bucks some-so I prefer circles). We go into neighbors field and ride forever until he is very responsive (this is not in the direction of home, but not away either--off to the side). Get back on the road away from home and he does the same thing except will take a few steps in the direction I want to go before he turns or stops. I got soooo dizzy and worn out. I'm sure the neighbors thought I was nuts, as this spinning took place right in front of their house. It was: take 5 steps, stop, spin 20 times (while losing 6 steps), take 5 more steps repeat........
He ended up walking about 100 yds past the line (which took about an hour and a half), I only turned around to head home when he was walking forward away from home and I turned him (not him turn on his own).
Do you think I'm on the right track here? Any tips? I know this problem escalated because I let him win when I first got him because I was very intimidated, I need to step it up as the authority figure (which I'm working on). Honestly he still scares me, I am just staying with it better, a newbie on a horse that is rearing (and what should I do when he pops up like that??? Thought about swatting his butt, but he will take off if I do that)....
I'd like to be able to go riding anywhere, riding in a pen is not much fun (neither is fighting a horse to go where you want).
What do you think?