So as many know I got my new horse 2 weeks ago on Wednesday. He's a 13ish year old Paint from Virginia. Supposedly an ex ranch/cow horse. Was bought by the lady I got him from around April and was used as a lesson horse and trail horse. He's super low on the totem pole and I suspect the other horses would chase him away from his grain as he could gain some weight. That being said he's now in my possession.
I've ridden him a total of 3 times since he's been home and he does have some annoying 'school horse' habits that I've been trying to adress. Firstly if he doesn't want to do something he will just stop and stand there. I give a firm 'eh!' And then make him move along by moving either forward or if he doesn't move on forward I pull him to the side and make him walk on. Today he refused to walk into the barn- not sure if my horses just don't like the barn or what but he hates the barn. He refused to walk in there after our ride and my friend ended up having to walk her horse through first then he followed no issues. Usually when he does this I make him work when he stops or I give him a firm tap.
I put him in the grooming stall and half the time he gets ancy and wide eyed over everything. He is usually never like this. I ignore it and go on with my business. Sometimes I feel like he's scared and the other half of the time he definitely does it for attention. The more I ignore it he usually gets the point to stop. Today he was being real bad so I left him on the ties and ignored him while I finished my chores. I took him out of the grooming stall and brought him on the ties in the isle and he seemed a bit calmer but still trying to get attention. I left him there and went on with my business and he eventually stopped. Once he did I took him off and brought him outside and walked around the property then put him back into his pasture.
Also- I know he probably hates ring work but regardless he tends to drift towards the gate. I make him work more near the gate but today my friend was trying to open the gate while still on her horse and my horse totally had his attention pinned on the open gate. I made him work away from the gate and when it was time to leave we approached the gate and I made him back out. He kept turning around so I made him back out, then walk forward then stopped and backed out. We did that a few times and he finally stopped being so ancy trying to rush out of the gate.
Am I doing the right things to correct him? I mean I'm not totally over my head because he's just the horse I've been looking for but being a lesson horse he clearly has some bad habits that I'm stuck to deal with!
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