Lets throw out the fact that I ride at a university and am surrounded by "professionals".
I am riding a 2 year old who was broke out about a month ago by a different girl. This horse from day one has had a challenging personality. It would bite, strike out, try to run you over, etc. Well this behavior was not corrected by the girl who broke him out. Infact she backed down everytime he challenged her, she would either change the subject or put him away. Its obvious she was scared of him, and he took full advantage. Now I have the task of fixing the problem she created.
His main problem is when my butt is in the saddle. Forward motion is basically non-exsistant. We have a serious rearing problem, everytime I challenge him or say "no" his reaction is to rear repeatedly. Almost everytime I ask him to go forward he rears in protest. I have tried spanking him with the reins and being chased with a whip (ONLY used when he started to suck back). I have also tried the fresh approach thinking maybe its because he is out of steam and is being fussy (that resulted in ALOT of bucking).
He has had tons of ground work done to him. Ground driving, hobbling, sacking out, etc. He is still nasty on the ground aswell, he will frequently try to bite you when you're handling him. He will strike out occasionally aswell. Walking past his stall he gives you the look. BUT we have forward motion on the ground and no rearing. The past time I rode I had to get off because he was getting way too out of hand, we went straight to ground driving. He was more than happy to go forward.
The more I ask him of him the harder he fights it. He has gotten away with being nasty from day one and how he thinks that's how the world works. He can do what he wants, and everyone will back down. I need to "wipe the smile off his face" right now before he turns into a very dangerous horse. I do not feel he is a "bad horse" per-say, he is still very young and has lots of time for learning. I think he has just had a bad start, but im at a loss right now.
I need ideas or other alternatives because right now I don't know how far he is willing to go to fight me. I have "considered" the hybrid horsemanship method....I am not so sure tho. My main problem is in the saddle, when I get off it defeats the purpose because for the most part he behaves on the ground. My safety is my first priority, I need a way to get the fight out of him from a safer point. He needs to see the world in a different point of view and stop trying to fight everything. Life is not that hard and I don't know how to show him that! I fear for this horse's future, he is on a very bad path right now.
Please help. If you have stories about horses like this please feel free to share, I'd like to read them. I have worked with difficult horses before but nothing like this.