Hello, This is my first time posting on this forum. I've read alot of the posts on here and you all seem very helpful so I am hoping you can help me with a few problems I am having.
I have been riding for about 9 months and have been riding a new horse in my lessons once a week for about 2 months. I am still doing very basic riding as I am a bit of an older rider so I still get nervous very easily. For the most part the horse is very good - does not spook very easily and is very safe which is great for me. I will just name off the things he does and you can give me suggestions on what to do!
-He moves around alot in the cross ties when I am trying to groom him, trys to take his feet back when I am cleaning them and can be hard to bridle
-When I am bringing him in from the pasture or taking him out he always trys to eat the grass when I am leading him and I have been getting better at keeping his head up but sometimes no matter what I do he overpowers me and it takes forever to get to and from the pasture
-If we have to wait outside the outdoor ring for our lesson he will not stand still and trys to keep walking around me and also trys to eat grass
-My biggest problem comes when I am riding him. Every lesson it feels like he is trying to test me to see who is in control. As soon as we begin to go on the rail he trys to move into the center or turn around and I have to correct him with my inside leg to get him back on the rail. If he really decides to put up a fight I have to use my reigns to - which I try not to use to much with him because if I do he will start throwing his head and will stop listening to me even more. This usually goes on for at least half of the lesson and then he will give up if I am on him enough or will get worse and just stop listening completely.
I really like this horse and I feel safe on him but its very frusterating when I am trying to learn but also have to be constantly on him all the time. Any insight would be helpful..thanks for reading!