I didn't know exactly where to put this since it is a behavioral thing so I figured here was good!
So my horse (well he isn't mine yet but at the end of the summer he will be) Charley works with me at a small camp. We teach riding each week to groups of usually pretty young kids. They tend to be 13 and under. The camps only stay for the week and they have a lot of other activities, horses isn't the main focus of the camp so we don't really have much time with the kids, most of the time we have 45 minute classes with five horses and the amount of kids range. So it can be pretty unpredictable and the classes are short.
Anyway, last year was my first year and it is obvious enough that Charley gets grumpy after so long of camp. He is one of our best guys so we tend to use him a lot and the kids love him because he has half of one year. (We have no clue what happened, the person who sold him to the camp didn't know either) I can't blame him for being grumpy, camp can be tiring and he does get annoyed by the kids but he is a very good boy and doesn't react hardly but towards the end of camp he did bite me once and the other riding teacher too, nothing bad more like just warnings.
Just know Charley is really a very sweet and loving horse but I understand he is a one person guy. Which is why I will be buying him at the end of the year and Charley will be retiring from camp life. I do listen to my horse and I understand he isn't happy of course I would have retired him this year if I could have but I didn't have the money. I just need some help helping him de-stress. Already this year he is starting to show attitude, snapping at me during our second class and looking irritable. We have noticed he loves to lick things but the camp has a tight budget so we can't really afford to get him lickits, I would love too but I really don't have any money to spare either. So if anyone knows any cheap lickit type things that would be awesome! Also we have a great group of horses this year so hopefully he will get more downtime than he did last year, maybe that will help too.
I was just hoping someone might know exercises or anything I could do to de-stress him and help have less anxieties.
Thanks guys :)