I have had a horse here for about 18 months. He is a nice enough stamp and as bold as brass when following hounds across any country.
He is, however a complex character. Not the nicest in the stable, will try to frighten a person with threatening to kick, barged around and difficult to bridle. I would not say he has been beaten up but more that he has been very unfairly treated and resents it.
Out riding he could go like a dream or suddenly switch off and just refuse to go anywhere.
I didn't have a lot to do with riding him but, recently have ridden him most days. We have had a couple of disagreements but, I never got angry with him, if he refused to go forward I would make him reverse past whatever was not there.
Anyway, he was turned out after work yesterday with his usual companion and a new horse. He was horrid to the new one, chasing him away and generally just being boss 'oss.
I went with the new horse's owner to bring them in. Her horse was near the gate and I passed her a Be Nice halter to catch him with (he has tanked away from her before coming here) She stopped and asked how it went on.
I was about to show her when boss oss saw we were there to bring in and he came charging along the side of the hill with every intention of chasing the new horse away. As he cantered around the outside of the arena so I warned him by saying his name in my 'very cross' voice.
As I did so, he tripped, he fell onto his knees, rolled to the side, then momentum and lie of the land he rolled right over - still sliding head first down the slope.
It was a very graceful almost slow motion tumble the sort that could of earned money if caught on camera! The best part was that when he got up he just stood there and never moved an inch. He looked at me with a puzzled expression as if the say "How the heck did you do that?"
I swear that he thought I had deliberately put him on the ground because it all happened as I warned him by voice.
It certainly seemed to have done some good because today he never once tried anything on!