05-25-2011, 10:12 AM
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Honestly, it sounds like this is all handler error. The horse is just being a horse. He was good the first week and then figured out he could walk all over you because you don't establish yourself as the leader. Put him in a rope halter (it has more "bite" when you need it than a flat nylon halter) and carry a 4ft whip. Keep your posture straight, shoulders square, with strong confidence and give him a leading lesson. Anytime he stops and balks, use the whip at his hindquarters to encourage forward.
I have a mare that used to go for grass any chance she had and she still does with inexperienced handlers. However, she knows with me it isn't allowed so she stopped trying. Be consistent, stay calm. If the horse goes after grass when it is bitted up and you are riding, make him move into a faster gait or work in small circles. He will soon learn that nibbling earns him more work and it just isn't worth it.