I'm working with an APHA gelding who hasn't been ridden in 1 year.
I rode him on Saturday, I walked him in some circles and around the edges of the paddock to get him reacquainted with being ridden so we were just taking it slow.
But he kept speeding up to a trot when he wasn't asked to, and finally he bolted and bucked 4 times. I held on until he was finished, and walked him out for about one short lap around the paddock and then hopped off. He seemed frustrated and irritable.
I was told that I should put him on a lunge line and work him under saddle and without saddle to get him used to the feeling. But at this point I'm not sure that it wasn't just bad behavior, he is highly spirited as it is.
What is a method I could use to break him of this bad habit? And since he hasn't been ridden in so long, what should I do to break him back into it.
I have ridden horses who haven't been ridden in a year, but they didn't act up like he has been. I'm familiar with several training methods for not fully broke horses, and training them their cues and all. But I'm stumped for this one, he sure is a challenge!