The other day I was riding him and my mom was riding my mare. My mom took the mare around the barn where my gelding couldn't see her, and he went 'crazy' (for him). He started breathing hard, his ears were perked only in her dirrection, and his eyes bugged. It took ALOT of strength to keep him from following her. I tried to get him to go the other dirrection, but I was lucky to keep him in one spot. As soon as he saw her pop out the other side, he settled down again like it never happened!
Now I've had a pretty bad accedent on a horse and ANY little acting up like that just freaks me out! It takes all that I have NOT to give in to that freaking out part of me to help try and keep my horse calm.
On a side note, dealing with the same gelding, he has issues with 'going'. Now, he's still fairly young (he'll be 3 in october) and I don't work him hard at all! Maybe 30-45 miutes about twice a week. Now he long lines nicely, all three gaites, woahs, AND stands! But once I'm on his back, he will ONLY walk...I have to jab, kick, and REALLY get on him to go at even a fast walk, let alone a trot. I've YET to even get a few pases of canter, and don't push it right now since he doesn't have trotting down yet. Also, he's VERY hard on the bit...I try to be gentle with him and he'll give me his whole head, but KEEP walking the OPPISET dirrection! This is pretty dangorous since the 'oppiset' dirrection happens to be the barn. I DO NOT want him to go there because it has an 'eve' with not the best posts on it and again, going back to my bad accedent, I don't want him to think he can go to the 'resting' place while working. Now, if he was ALWAYS fixated on the barn, I'd worry about being barn sour, but it's only when he's about 6-7 feet from it that he gets like this. Now, I mount and dismount him all over the field and he's kept on pasture, so he doesn't really have an association to the barn other than that's where we feed and water him.
I have SERIOUSLY thought about giving him up and finding a more trained horse. But my mom LOVES him and I have my mare, so he is now for her more than for me...Also, he's a LOVE to ride on a trail! Not a bad habbit in sight! He doesn't even mind leaving my mare and being taken off by himself or working! When I took him to a trail at a friends barn I rode him the first half and had him all over the place! Trotting in a feild and even a good FAST trot that was just a hair under a canter...His dirrection was still a 'smidge' off, but nothing too bad that wasn't fixed with a tap to his side and a slightly more firm tug to the bit, but NOTHING compared to what I deal with when he's home!
Now I know he's young, but that's one reason I REALLY need help! I don't want him to keep these bad habbits or continue this lack of training into an older horse where it's more difficult to train out...And I don't want him to be hard on the bit or dead sided....I just do not know what to do!
I BEG OF YOU! PLEASE HELP!