I started a 2 YO 4 years ago.I was ill and he was pastured 28 miles from the house and did not get worked on a regular basis. He has the ground workdone and is perfect on the ground, dog gentle, even licks your hands, can not make him buck. My problem is he has to try me some time, every time when we first go out. He drops his head and jabs his front feet in the gound. Once that is done he goes on down the trail. I have started alot of horses in my time and never had this problem. I am now 62 and don't have the "bounce ability" I used to. I also live alone all week so if something happened to me no one would find me till the weekend, therefore I can only ride once a week. This horse is so smooth and doesn't hurt my old knees in any gait but needs a job. If I send him out they want a fortune to start from scatch and I know he doesn't need that. Really all he needs is someone who is a better rider to just "get on him" each time he does that. Will he ever be safe if I could find someone that would ride him a few times? It has worked out that he is also stalled in a 24 X 48 pen without a turn out area right now. Can changing his feed help cool him down some? Bermuda and alfalfa is what he is on.
About to give up.