Thanks, I just bought him a rope halter last night, going out this afternoon to see how he likes it. I have been trying to use the flexing side to side with the bridle, and he really doesn't get what I'm asking for yet, he gets confused and starts backing, but I don't release until he gives, even slightly. He seems to be a quick learner because even without the rope halter, he's begun to respect my space some of the time. Still not consistently but I'm not ever going to give up on him, cause I know he can do it :)
We have a horse out at the barn that has to be led with a nose chain at all times, so I do know how to use a chain shank and Olly hasn't reached that level of badness yet. :) He's not really endangering anyone with his behavior so I really hesitate to go to something like that, unless and until it becomes necessary but like I said, we've already seen a slight improvement in just a weeks worth of actual handling and demanding respect. He'll come round, and pretty quickly I think. I haven't tried carrot stretches yet, because with his disrespect issues he can get a little demanding with treats which sort of slows down the other progress, but maybe when he learns some manners we can work on it :) My question was, how do you keep his feet still when asking him to bend for the treat? Or to flex with the reins for that matter? I know sometimes you just have to follow them until they get it but he generally just goes into a spin for quite some time and doesn't yield at all.