I am training a 3 year old Arab gelding. He is sweet and gentle but he get's very bored on the lunge line and some times it is a fight just to get him to complete a full circle.
I try to do different things with him constantly and he has become quite attached to me. He is not my horse. I have been giving his owner activities to do with him but she is very apprehensive. He will follow me everywhere and I use this in our training without leads. When he doesn't want to do something (like walk over a pole or go near the mounting block) I send him away and he will throw a hissy fit and then trot right back to me and do what I asked.
But now I have found this to be bad. He is perfect to saddle but when I send him away from me he complains and has temper tantrums and just tries to be near me. Next to me, he will walk trot and canter with the saddle on.
He is the first pure Arab I have trained, I normally have mutt ponies or quarter horses and such. Is his attachment something found in the breed? Should I not be encouraging it?
I should say that though I have trained many horses and ponies full-up, I specialize in rescues which tend to need the attachment to trust people.
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.