After three years I've FINALLY got back in the saddle with my beloved Foxtrotter gelding, Loki. I first worked him in the acre sized pasture that's currently resting to regrow. No buck, no rear, responded very well to everything. I was honestly shocked, I expected bucking!
Afterwards I took him out into the field. He was rather hard headed and didn't respond as nicely as I would like. I had him go deeper into the field and started to work him around trees and whatnot and he would constantly 'avoid the bit'. I would ask to go right (leg cue, rein against the neck with slight pressure on right rein) and he would refuse, throw his head up, rear, etc. Same with left, or any type of cue for that matter.
He just doesn't want to respond to the cues, completely ignores me.
I'm riding him in a hackamore (Fleece-Lined Hackamore - Horse.com) currently. When ridden in a shank bit with no port (it has a very slight upper curve, but nothing else) he acts exactly the same. Head tossing, the works.
Any ideas? I'm going to be riding him quite a lot. Going again today x)