Originally Posted by creepalurkin
So today I was riding my brat and we were riding out in the pasture (basically the only open place to ride for now) and as soon as I went to move him into a canter he did something weird, I'm not sure if it was a buck or kick or what but he does it in the arena and makes me nervous to canter him. I've tried lungeing him before I ride to get out that energy but it does no good. I've asked while circling etc. And if I do get him into a canter, he is basically uncontrollable. He won't go where I steer him. I feel like if I ask him for a canter, he's going to take off on me or buck or something. (ps. Tack fits fine, sound horse, I think he's just a brat)
groundwork groundwork groundwork.
Lunging a horse that is "crazy" or is known to not listen probably isn't the best thing (I'm saying this cause this is not the type of groundwork I mean) since it normally gets them more worked up and "crazier" so to speak.
I'd do ALOT of respect stuff...teach him not to approach you unless you ask him to, teach him to listen to voice commands, etc. Only then will he truely respect you when you ride.
Are you over using your legs? Making him hard-sided?