I just have some questions about a horse being barn sour. I am a beginner rider and recently got my own horse about 3 weeks ago. He was used as a hack horse in the outer banks. Basically his job was to carry people on trail rides for 3 hours twice a day for 6 days out of the week. I walked and trotted him and took him on a trail ride before I got him and he did great. When I got him home I could not ride him right away because it turns out that his back was full of saddle sores which were covered in new skin. We gave him a few weeks to heal. In the meantime, I just came out and loved on him and gave him treats. I started riding him last week. The first ride was only a few minutes to make sure his back was okay. The second ride seemed a bit off to me. I wasn't sure if he liked the bit or not. (I didn't have a bit yet so the barn owner had me use her tom thumb which I've read is really severe) The main problem I had with him was at the gate. At one point he hopped up a little and scared me. I rode him around the ring a few more times and got off on the far end of the ring. After this I had someone more experienced ride him and he was ok but still funny about the gate. We decided that he was barn sour. Two days after that ride I rode him for a good hour. The first 20 minutes was in the ring. We only did walking but I worked on stopping and turning. This time I used an eggbut snaffle. I did find that it was harder to make him stop. Maybe because of his history he was used to people pulling on his mouth? We didn't have any trouble at the gate. I ventured out into the yard and walked with my mom as she walked her horse. Everything was fine until my mom decided she was done and went back to the barn. Dancer was not having this. If the other horse was done, so was he. I really had to fight him to get him to turn away from the barn. I was so scared. Luckily there were people around to help me. We worked on circles that got larger and larger and as he tried to go to the barn I had to turn him away. He's just so strong and I get so scared and tense. I start riding lessons on him tomorrow and also some natural horsemanship lessons with him. I was wondering if you guys think that this is something that will improve and if you have any suggestions. Other than this, I think he's a really good horse and hopefully a horse I can grow with and become more confident.