First off I am not a profetional horse trainer. I have contacted a horse trainer though, she has not gotten back to me yet.
Anyways, my coming two year old has some began with some bad habits that I would like to stop NOW!!! before they become uncontrolable and dangerous, and something she will do while riding when she is broke...
Before I tell you what her bad habits are, I want to get something straight so you understand where I am coming from. She is my first horse and by no means going to get rid of her for any reason. Also, I know I might be doing something wrong, which is what I want you to tell me, or give me tips or pointers on how to approach each situation in a better way. Everytime she does something wrong, I will correct her, but I agree that I might be the reason she did that problem.
First off, her name is Breeze. Her first bad habit is rearing. Not all the time. She has reared 3 times in the past month, all for different reasons. The first 2 times were one after another but I understand that was my fault. I ran to the gate in her pen and she thought I was playing with her. The second time though, we were out on a walk, all of the sudden her eyes go back like she was scared and she went up. There was nothing that I know was there that could have spooked her though. There were no other times that she actually reared, but tried to, I stopped her. It was right before I was done with her, she knew I was going to leave and it was like she was testing me, I stopped her and got mad. All three times she reared, and the times she attempted to rear, I got mad at her and snapped the lead rope and halter a few times and also slapped her on the butt.
Secondly, another bad habit is biting. When I first got her in September 2012 she would try and bite me (but never actually did) and I could lightly punch her in the nose and tell her NO! I thought we got over that. But again, when I act like I am going to get up on her(never do just act like it), or *sometimes* when I pick up her feet, she will bite me in the legs. I did think this habbit was over and I do not know why it is back.
Lastly, she threatens to kick me. When I say threatens I mean she seems like shes telling me 'you better move and not make me mad, I will kick you'. This happens after I get mad at her for rearing of attempting to rear. I do not know why. She will turn her butt to me and pin her ears. She has never actually kicked me and never done this before.
It seems like the more I get mad at her, the more madd SHE gets and I want it to stop.
P.S. I try and go out there everyday. When I miss a day, and go the next, it seems like she is mad because I skipped a day.