Ok so I got a free riding job. Yay! Anyway the family who owns the horse (Yee Haw, the kid named it) doesn't really ride. Maybe once a week, they turn the horse out but no riding. I am lucky enough to ride him for free. A little info on him, 17 QH and has been home to home. The kid who mostly rides him just sits on him and does nothing, she just clicks to get him moving and whoas to stop him. Today was my first ride with him. He does good with the clicks and whoas, in a walk. When I got him in a trot, I tried clicking and whoaing, nothing. This isn't much of a problem but I would prefer he did listen, so advice on that would be helpful. This is the next second biggest problem; he has a nice spacious stall with a toy that he constantly plays with, he always wants to go play with that toy. So what he does is he tries to go over to the gate to go to the barn. Its a challenge to keep him straight and when I trotted passed the gate and he didn't get to go to his stall, he bucked. I stayed on but I knew this was going to be a problem. I went by it again, not letting him stop or slow dowm, another buck. I have a feeling this is going to get dangerous so I really want advice, they getting a trainer but the problem won't go away immediently so I would like some advise to control him. Ok third problem; He tends to bolt. When I try walking him aroud some poles he bolted, he didn't go far (maybe 15 feet) before I could turn him back and make him do it again but he did it. I cantered for a couple of minutes then slowed to walk to try the poles again, once I slowed he bolted to a arena gallop (not a cantor not not a gallop.)
A trainer will come earlier then the end of June but until then any idea of how to get out of these habits a bit?