Is he still testing me?
I've had my 21 year old AQHA gelding for a few months now and he still does the same things. It's like he's still testing me. I'm thinking he's doing that plus might need a refreshing course of how to do things or retraining...I don't know. What do you all suggest?
He used to show in the past with previous previous owner, then the owner I got him from didn't use him much at all for months at a time and just trail rode him. When I got him, he used to eat grass every time you walked him on the ground, every two seconds or less he'd stop and do that. I've been working with him on that and he's done amazing. Now he just tries every now and then but he walks a lot better. He listens to you better now and the walk to the barn is a lot more pleasant.
He also has problems picking up his feet. He does have a little iffiness in the left front foot but his other feet are fine I'm told by farrier and vet. But, he gives me such a problem with picking his feet up just about each time. And that front left foot, he picks it up pretty smoothly, the other front is iffy (but that's to be suspected because of the other front foot, but he still gives me such a problem with it though) he'll lean with just about all his weight against me and won't pick it up, but he is off and on with that though. His back feet are sometimes iffy, but sometimes he picks them up pretty fair. So, picking his feet up depends on the days or something, I've had him checked by the vet recently and the farrier came out a few days ago and he's fine all around (except for that left front foot). But, he does fine with that one because he does put weight on it, etc.
Also, with leading, he'll stop and lag behind me. With riding, he's iffy about turning, when you ask him to trot he'll instantly turn the other direction going towards the rail (just about scraping your leg). He doesn't limp and he walks fine, trots fine, etc. I'm just wondering if he's really still testing me and/or he needs some tuning by a professional. Also, he's my first horse and I don't really have anyone here at my boarding barn to help me with him...If it's relevant, he is out 24/7 with a dominant 6-8 yr old, but they get along fine :) Thanks for suggestions and support.