New horse and we just don't click...
Hey there, it took me quite a while to think my problem through by myself but I've come to the conclusion that I need to hear other opinions. So here it goes:
I've bought my new horse (gelding, 12 years old) on Aug 20 and so I've had his just over 2 months. He was with the former owner for a little over 2 years. I went and test-rode him 3 times and everything went well. He was well behaved and seemed to like contact to humans. He was friendly and responsive and attentive.
To say the least, ever since I got him home - he changed. He's spooky to no end, has an attitude (trying to bite when girthing up), seems to be indifferent to me and riding is a nightmare. He spooks, parks and tests me in any other way possible.
After about 2 weeks, I got him ready, mounted and he started spinning and jumping around, with the end result of me being thrown off and stepped on (yep, I still have a large swelling on my thigh). Although I can write this incident off as an accident, it's his general attitude I am worried about. No way in hell would he come to the gate when I get there and he's just such a snob! He doesn't want to be petted, hates the dogs and just full on rejects me.
I have had his saddle fitted, am a rider with light hands and have even switched to Westen because I thought me might like that better - well, nothing really changes in his attitude.
I do a lot of groundwork with him, tried to establish respect and trust, walk him around endlessly before I mount and show him potential "threats".
I'm getting to a point where I consider selling him again but that would feel like giving up.