Originally Posted by BluMagic
Back to the respect issues guys. I went out to feed earlier and before I feed I pet Blu and talk to him. He has been snobby since the lack of riding. Today he nipped me. Before we left for vacation, I led him around and brushed him. I asked him to trot with me and guess what he does: he takes off ahead of me nearly pulling my arm out of my socket then he threw a kick out. I don't know if it was just a warning or intentionally he tried to kick me but I won't stand for thatkind of behavior from him danget! I need advice, opinion, suggestions, and tips! Help me help him! Grrr...
I can't begin to name how many respect issues I had with Sonny when I bought him. Not only did he NOT take me seriously, but he tried to take over.
You've got to show Blu that YOU are in charge.
For the nipping problem, smack him on the nose each time he does it. It might sound cruel, but that's the way you fix it. It won't hurt him...heavens if all the stuff we do to a horse while riding doesn't hurt him, a smack won't. There's a Belgian cross at the barn that bites/nips at people. Each time he does it, we give him a smack on the nose and he straightens up and doesn't bother that person for the rest of the day.
For the bolting...use a rope halter. A rope halter puts more pressure on the nose, so it he bolts, he'll get the halter digging into his nose. If that still doesn't work...dare I say this....use a chain. I hate using chains...but you got to teach Blu good gound manners.
Also, if he has energy, lunge him...even if it's just 10 minutes every week...it will help.
Also, when you are trying to get him to trot, does he immediatly bolt? Or does he trot for a while then take off? If he does it for a while then bolts, keep him occuplied. Turn circles...change directions...keep him guessing where you are going to lead him next.
If immediately try having him start trotting in a tight circle...it will be harder for Blu to bolt