I have a 15.3hh 12yo Appaloosa gelding (horse in my picture) wholm I have owned since he was a newly broken in 4yo. He had little education and I trained him to showjump myself (I was 14 when I first bought him).
He has such talent yet he is so difficult. His always been a very nervous horse. I originally bought him to do eventing with but he would never calm down enough in a dressage test. He is always tense, takes short nervous strides and fights me every step of the way. So I started jumping with him and when he jumps his really something.
But lately his just been getting worse and im at my wits end with him. Iv had his back checked over and fixed, his teeth are done, the saddle is fitted, iv tested/played with and experimented with different feeds/bits/techniques, you name it iv tried it, but nothing seems to help him relax and calm down.
His fine to handle, iv even taught him to bow, but once im on him, his a nightmare, mainy at home when im trying to keep him fit. Its like something in his brain flicks over, unless im holding him back its just go go go. (mind you his never bucked, reared, bitten or done anything nasty) I set up grids to take him through and he liturally smashes through them and lunges his entire body like a jumps racehorse?! Generally when I take him out to comps his an ace and on his best behavour, like he enjoys it? And his competing roughly 1.15m+ courses. But I just hate riding him any other time, and his starting to get worse everywhere im worried if I don't calm his down his not even going to be able to jump anymore.
Does anyone have a horse similar to this? Any ideas on training techniques to help him relax and trust me? Or other ideas? I feel as though he hates me and sees me as his enemy?! Iv owned and ridden him for 9 years. But I want to enjoy riding him and would love to calm him enough to compete dressage and start eventing him.
His becoming a danger to himself and me also! Thanks :)