Murray has a few issues lately that drive me crazy. I believe it's on my own fault due to not riding him often. I now try to see him every Monday for 2 hours or more. Here are some of my issues with him.
1. Mounting = nightmare. Mounting is a nightmare. He doesn't stand still. He swings his hindquaters into me or backs up. It takes a great deal of time for me to get on him. Even when he is walked or lunged beforehand. I had him almost take off on me while I was standing on a mounting block. Luckily I had slipped my foot out before he ran off. When I have a friend or even my coach with me, it takes one to hold him while one gets on him.
2. Headbobbing and shaking. Murray throws his head up and shakes it around constantly. I know it's not his tack at all. It fits him nicely. He does this at a trot and sometimes at a walk. He even does it when standing. I can have contact or no contact on him and he still does it. He holds his head up high to (what I think is) avoid the bit, and I can't seem to make him stop this.
On the ground, he acts like a dog (follows me around) but if I try any ground work with him, he gets mad and tries to fight me off. He is really a good horse, but I'm having these small issues with him that I wish we can over come. I would like to have him in some dressage shows next year but would like to get past these small things. Thank you.