Thanks for the quick response!
Lenny is a 13 year old Thoroughbred. He hasn't been ridden much (in a year or so) before I started to ride him a few weeks ago. It appears that this horse had an incident when younger and HATES cross ties as a result.
At first, I would let him walk around me and I would talk to him and try to calm him down. I started to wonder if I was basically saying, "It's ok to give me a hard time about tacking you..."
I have started holding onto his halter to make him stop walking around when I put all the tack on. He calms right down when I put the bridle on. So, maybe I can try starting with the bridle and hold the reins while tacking.
Also, today, I started to move him back to the spot I wanted him in when ever he decides to walk away from me in the stall. He didn't like it and was swishing his tail in irritation. I am hoping this will communicate "No, stand here because that is what I want you to do."
If this horse is treating me with disrespect, would sending him back to where I want him to "stand" a good way to say, "I am in charge?"
If I shouldn't tack him in the stall, what are other safe options?
Would you recommend me working with him in the stall to get him to stand and move when I want him to by pressure/release during times when I am not riding him?
If a horse doesn't like to be cross-tied, would it be safe to try to tie him in halter?
I am curious about the Parelli games that was mentioned. Where do I get access to more information about that? I would love to build this horse up.
He is nervous with me, because I am nervous with him! :) I am green but, willing to learn!
Thanks for your time!