Gaining Respect and Keeping My Horse Focused?
I recently bought a new horse, 6 yrs old, broke to ride but needs a tune up. (thats what the owner said when I bought him). Well, to me he needs alot more than a tune up. I tried lunging him because I know ground work is always a first in gaining respect and trust. Well, he acts like he has a hard time focusing on me, instead he is always neighing at the horses in pasture. Well I worked with him enough to have enough faith in myself to hop on him. Today I rode him for the first time (in a hackamore, he can't use a bit because of his wolf teeth).
Again, he acts barn sour, which I don't understand because he's new here and he's never truly been "away" from the barn. When I try and get him to move forward he backs up and is always wanting to go to the arena side where the pasture connects. So I do circles with him and he favors going one way more than the other but he is very stubborn with it.
I would just like some tips to keep him focused on me and not always wanting to go to the other horses.