Originally Posted by Chanelvictoria05 View Post
get him that young,so when it came time to train him, he would know me and think twice before kicking me off his back :)
Good idea, I believe, to form a good, sound relationship with a horse before you start further training. But he's still going to want to kick you off his back(or otherwise) if you go about the training in the wrong way or it's uncomfortable/painful for him.
But sence the summer he has been cranky, nippy,pushy and mean to horses and people alike, (except not to me).
My first thought was when was he cut(hormones, learned 'coltish' behaviour?) & has he lived with other horses, including those who don't tolerate being pushed around, so he's well sociallised? But especially with the addition of your comments about having him stalled a lot, I also think diet & feeding, lack of exercise and frustration/stress are likely possible causes.
So I havent done anything with him yet, other than basic manners while im leading him.
Good start. Perhaps he's not 'rude' to you because you're the only one that's taught him manners & is his friend? I'd be teaching him virtually everything you want him to know, with the exception of course, of weight bearing kind of stuff he's not physically ready for. As the foundations(basics) and his attitude towards your 'toys' & 'games' are the most important and will take quite a while, I'd be concentrating on that sort of stuff, while specifics to Western & barrel racing will necessarily have to wait, so don't worry for now. I think of the 'foundation as the correct ingredients, the 'general' training as the cake & specific disciplines & refinement as the icing. There's no point in bothering with icing until you've got the other 2 right.
he has two swirls on his forhead, someone told me this means he's basicly bipolar??
Haha! There is a superstition to every subject under the sun I reckon!
Apparently ingrown toenails in humans signify sexual frustration too
But seriously, moodswings in horses are about training &/or management &/or feeding/nutrition generally.