My colt is disrespectful, he gets in your space, is nosy, and likes to hang around you and sniff your pockets. Normally, I wouldn't mind this, but he's not being respectful about it. I don't feel unsafe or uncomfortable around him, he's not a dangerous/suddenly attacking horse, but he doesn't know the meaning of 'give me my space and leave me be'.
He picks up his feet, but he also will throw an UTTER fit about it (huge disrespect issue there). Last time I had the farrier out to shoe him, be bucked, reared, and generally was unsafe to be around. We ended up using a rope twitch just to get him shod (he started getting really unsafe about two shoes in). I've picked up his feet before, but never had him shod. The farrier was extremely patient and gentle about it. He didn't treat him roughly or beat on him, and asked me before hand if I was comfortable using a twitch.
Overall, he was just unhappy about having to pick up and hold his feet. He just didn't want to, so he acted like a child throwing a temper tantrum. Instead of getting a spanking and being sent to his room, he instead was put in major discomfort with the twitch. Normally, I wouldn't use such methods, but I'd rather have him be uncomfortable than have someone get seriously hurt.
He's also difficult to trailer. He refuses to load and has to be pushed and pulled into it.
He isn't good about standing for bathing or fly spray. He'll back ALLLLL the way up, until he's pulling on his halter, stand for a moment, then step forward again.
He occasionally stops dead in his tracks and refuses to lead.
Other than that, he halters fine and he's a cute little horse. When I first got him, you couldn't touch him, halter him, lead, groom him, anything. We've gotten past MOST of those issues (he now catches, halters, grooms, and most of the time, leads) but now he obviously needs to be educated in 'Respect Me, and I will Respect You'.
I think with some true respect training, a lot of his problems-bathing, fly spray, feet, leading, and loading-will either completely vanish or be greatly reduced.
So...can anyone give me some tips on how to go about teaching him such things? Games, or ways to work him?
I'm following Clint Anderson's methods of horse training, but I still have a lot of learning to do. Red Man (my colt) is due to go to the trainers in another month or two to be broke to ride. But I'd really like him to have a good solid ground training base beforehand.
The trainer I'm sending him to is excellent, works very well with problem horses and gives them a firm ground training base before riding. But at the same time, I don't want to shovel his few (probably easily solvable) problems on someone else. I'd rather work with him and learn, THEN send him off to be broke