I have a 7 year old paint gelding, Thor.
He was doing really good after about a month of solid riding time and ground work. But then winter hit and I haven't had the time to work with him. So he's adopted this new idea that he does NOT have to do anything. Ever.
He gets crabby over feed, like pinning is ears back at me when I bring out the hay. And if I pull out one of the other horses in the lot (I have 5 pasture horses) he goes after one of the other horses in the lot. Ears pinned back, teeth barred!
The other day he didn't get his breakfast after he tried to nip at me over his hay. So he got tied up to a post for a few hours, which he didn't care for at all! But when I put him away, he was the sweetest horse. Stayed right beside me, waited for me patiently, and appeared very relaxed. That night he waited for his hay instead of pushing the others out of his way. I was very relieved to see an instant change.
Tying is a method I've used for awhile on everyone of our horses and it's always been successful after the first time. But not with him.. 2 days later he tried it again. Only it was at the night feeding. I couldn't tie him then and he knew it! I've never had issues with nippy horses before, or ones as strong willed as he is. You can tell him 'no' a thousand times, and he will still do it. So I guess what I'm getting at is, does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this?
He also has leather problem.. He likes to chew on anything leather! Reins, leads, saddles on other horses. It doesn't matter what it is, he wants it! Does anyone know any ways to stop that nasty habit?
Moodiness- he's as moody as a mare! And just as emotional!