Ok so I went for my first big ride on my new horse today. He is not happy to leave his friend behind. My neighbour brought her mare over but he's not too interested in her, just wants his friend. My neighbour did offer if I wanted to ride her mare but seriously it didnt look any quiter than him! (this is my first riding after a big smash, where I got chucked off and broke a verterbrae, so Im pretty nervous)
As we were heading away from home he started refusing to move and then started backing up. When I gave him a kick to get up, he came up on his front feet (just a bit). So then I tried turning him instead, but he just sort of held his head sideways and still tried to head for home. Mostly he just went when I did my stern growly voice.
Coming home of course he wanted to go, so every time he broke into a trot I made him stop completely, then back to a walk. Strangely, the last leg to home he calmed down a heap, which was where I thought he would take off.
So, Two questions, what should I do about the backing up thing? And is it a worry that his front feet come off the ground?