I'm looking for some help in working with a bossy 6-yr/old gelding.
First off, I've known Hollywood since before he was born. He's really flashy looking and would make a great mount in any showring. As a baby, he came in 1st place as his first in-hand show. He is a Canadian Warmblood and stands at 16.3hh I believe. Almost as big as his dad, Eastern Ruler.
As a baby, I could handle him easily. Now, he's too much.
His owner (my coach) doesn't have time to ride/train him at all. This, she is disappointed with as he's a great horse, just needs to be ridden again. On days she can't ride him, she free lunges him. With a broom. Why? When he was broke, the man pretty much abused him with a whip. Hollywood doesn't care for lunge whips now-a-days. And since losing Sunny, a great school horse, there is no horse that can put Hollywood back in-line. Heck, Holly even chases off Gus the Clyde.
Hollywood is very pushy and I would like to work some things with him. Mainly some in-hand ground work first before riding him. Others tell me he is a trouble to ride. Fights all the way until you are dead tired.
So, any ideas on a bossy/pushy 6-yr/old? Need to teach him some manners. Thank you.