Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
My gelding used to have this issue.....We've cured him of it no problem.
When you go to take him out of his stall, and he pins his ears/ lunges at you, get him to back up and respect YOUR space. Swing your lead rope at him, or get a crop and wave it in his face and at his chest. Don't let him move left, right, or forward, just back, or standing still. When he's got his ears on you, then attempt to put the halter on and lead him out. If he gets pissy, repeat the process until he stops.
When you're tacking him up, have someone holding him and his lead rope and forget tying him up or the cross ties. When you put the saddle on/tighten the girth and he turns to bite, give him a good hard jerk on the lead rope and tell him to BACK UP. Be serious about it, don't accept one lazy step back, get him actively moving his feet and his attention on you. When he looks like he's paying attention, try it again. Repeat as neccesary.
It only took my gelding a day to learn some respect. I'm his sole rider, but he has plenty of other people handling him and they haven't reported any problems since then.