When I first got my horse, he used to try to pull all sorts of stunts on me, rearing, head tossing, stomping, and spinning and he has thrown me off quite a few times to where it really hurt and when I got back up my legs would be trembling when I would get back on him.. But when these things happened I meant business, I got back on and worked him to disengage and stop him from thinking.
Maybe this is the problem, my trainer told me this as well that you shouldn't give a horse time to think about what he's going to do. But also, these things happened before my horse totally 100 percent trusted me and didn't establish me as his leader. Now he does.
I understand though when you're nervous it's very hard to feel confident about working through their issues especially when they reared up on you and got away with it right then and there. I agree with everyone that maybe your trainer or a friend could get on him and work out his attitude, this worked with my horse when I was unable to feel confident.
I had a same situation my horse acted up so terribly I couldn't ride through it and I tried to get off and longe him and it honestly didn't work at all because when I got back on he just tried it again. I think sometimes these things need to be worked out when riding them. If you can't ride them, next time your with him, do some groundwork with pressure and release and get him to move his feet. It does sound like he doesn't respect you yet as his leader.
So anyway let me know how it goes! Don't get discouraged, When you get back on just remember to breathe and focus on breathing when walking him, this works for me.
Last edited by Nocturva; 07-02-2013 at 08:30 AM.