So last year I got a gelding from my BO who could no longer afford him. He had his eye injured by his pasture mate kicking him which something in this horses hoof punctured his eye causing an abscess he can see, but things that don't bother him on one side bother him on the side where his eye has healed from that abscess. It looks like hes got a blue piece of iris or a foggy contact lens for us humans sitting just to the right of his pupil.
On to what I wanted to ask. I've been constantly working with him hes improved, his previous lack of handling and bad behaviors were never dealt with for his 8 years of life. When he charged his previous owners? They gelding him. When he didn't want to be fooled with, they left him alone.
Hes a spazz for food I did try clicker training but he ends up finding out how to get ahold of them and breaks them. Usually by biting the clicker, making it click, then looks at me like "Where's my treat?"
He is extremely intelligent. Which is the problem I believe. He has these, "Bi-Polar" moments. One day he's calm, behaved (as best as he can be) these days he really does TRY to learn what I am teaching him. Then others, like the last time my farrier was out, he showed his butt. Didn't want to listen to me at all. It was like I wasn't there at all. He jerked his feet from the farrier, bounced/jigged a bit and would stand. Then when his feet were finally finished and he seemed to be cooperating. His age old habbit of refusing to enter the pasture started up again.
When I first got him, he would walk out the pasture with respect. But REFUSED to re-enter it. Even with his pasture mate about to loose his own mind. It was a totally refusal, braced, legs apart and wouldn't move but would eat grass. Now, my friends tried "Hey lets get food to get him back in" well, then hed about run people over to get into the pasture. I don't want to encourage that. Not at all. I have been doing the click then treat when hed come closer to the gate. Like "Look that was Really good, heres a cookie. Now do it again
I just wanna know is it normal for a horse of his age to be ok one day then showing his butt the next day and seemingly reverting back.
** Note on this, the day the farrier was there and he refused, we were about 10-15 feet Away from the pasture and he didn't want to go any closer to the pasture, his crazied buddy sour pasture mate or the gate, my farrier tried to "move his feet" to assert some dominance. My gelding literally backed up one time. Then stood there, no matter what my farrier did. The guy even whacked him the butt a couple of times with the lead rope and my gelding looked at him with normal look then started eating grass. He was 100% un-phased by all of it. But he'll move his feet for me if I have a lead rope or dressage stick. No hitting or even touching involved. My farrier's father is a horse trainer, and apparently a pretty good one at that, he's watched his father and worked his own horses and he stated "Now in my life have I seen a horse do that before"
But yes, if someone has some Great experience with deal with older horses. I'd appreciate some feed back on tip on things and the bipolar question.
Also would like some tips on teaching him more respect for my personal space. Hes ok with it, but he's still a pushy thing even when he gets disciplined for being pushy.
Sorry if this was kinda jumbled,