I've been riding an ex-racehorse for a good half a year now for some friends. Fiddles is 16.3 and a gentle giant, he's a very good horse to ride, and wouldn't set a foot wrong. I've been building my confidence up on him and we went for a gallop up a hill with his owner on the other horse, everything went brilliant until he got to the gate before the stuble field we also gallop up, he started getting very very excited and stomping his foot, he refused to go through the gate for me and was backing me into all sorts like fences and walls, he started to come of the ground a little and lowering his head to get some rein to take off. I swapped horses as we didn't want me to get a fright on him for the first time out on him. He started to do the exact same with his owner that he knows he cannot get away with anything whilst she is on him, however he carried on his antics and ended up backing into a bush. She eventually got him through and he still persisted on stomping his foot and coming off the ground. He had never ever done this before and was absolutely fine until then, he did try it the previous time someone else was on him but not to the extent he was with me and the owner but that time he was made to walk up the track instead. He is never that bad mannered and we were very shocked with his behaviour. Is there any advice or tips anyone could give me to help me with controlling him and putting his*manners back in place??
Would be much appreciated, thank you:)
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