Getting the ground manner's back, looking for tips
So a little back story, At the end of March I moved my gelding to a new barn to work with a trainer I liked. Up until that point I had done most of my training myself. My gelding is a very friendly and passive TB, so getting good ground manners out of him was not hard. He was already easy to handle and respectful, would ground tie, everything. We didn't really use crossties. Then, while at this new barn, he kind of changed a bit. I found out that the care and atmosphere of this barn really wasn't what I had expected. It just didn't work for my horse. They didn't feed enough, the turnout was about non-exisitant, the trainer was great, but my horse never really acclimated to the barn. He was edgy and spooky, sometimes depressed and lethargic, then when he went lame with a hoof issue, dropped weight, and other health issues, I pulled him out 3 months later. It just wasn't working for him.
I am very happy with where I am now. But, its like we are starting over with ground manners. He is a bully, pushes against the cross ties, ground tying isn't even an option. He spooks on the cross ties, he will walk off when you unhook him to bridle him, won't stand at the mounting block. Its just aweful!! Where did my horse go!?!?
I am looking for tips on bringing him back....
How do I get him to stop dancing on the cross ties?
Stand still for bridling?
Stop at the cross ties when I ask instead of walking through them?
Like I said, he has always been friendly and mild mannered so training for respect was always easy. I have had him for 4 years and he has never acted like this. Should I proceed with caution given that he may be a little tramatized with all the moving?
Thanks in advance for your help!!