11 month boistrous colt, 6 weeks gelded but still a massive handful-any suggestions?!
I'm a new user to this site, but I am desperate for some non-judgemental advice and this seemed like the perfect place to look.
I have an 11 month old irish sports cross gelding, currently standing at 14hh to make 16hh. I have had him since he was about 5 months old. He was seperated from his mother at 2 months before I began looking for a foal due to sale by dealers. He has been a delight to own and generally well behaved - rugs up, led fairly quietly, picks up feet without too much complaint.
However, recently I have been having several problems. About two weeks before I had him gelded on 22/3/11, he seemed to become quite highly-strung. I suspected this was due to hormones and promptly had him gelded. However, nearly 2 months down the line our problems seem to be getting worse. When I had him he used to come to call in the field quite happily, whinnying when he heard me call and come cantering over, polite as anything. Now he acts like he hasnt even heard me. This on its own isnt any cause of concern, but he has started biting. Not nibbling or playfighting, proper biting. He can be a nightmare to lead, jumping about on his toes and not listening to anything i ask. He just seems to lack any respect for me whatsoever. I have a suspicious this may be because he so desensitized to people that he just treats me like one of his playmates, but I cant seem to make an impression on him to break the habit! I've got into the habit of strongly backing him up whenever he does anything I dont approve of, such as biting or charging forward, as I was always told that forcing a youngster to lose footing is a sign of dominance. But it seems to be having less and less effect. He's not on any kind of feed and lives out 24/7 in an all-geldings paddock (about 7 acres with roughly 20 other geldings). I have expressed a desire to maybe put him with a mature mare to teach him some manners for a few months, but I have been scorned for over-fussing him and making 'a mountain out of a molehill'. However, Im terrified that if I dont deal with his behaviour now I'll have serious problems in the future which, if too great, will mean I will be forced to sell. Even the thought of this breaks my heart, so any help or advice is greatly greatly appreciated please!!