There's a gelding at my barn, who is in desperate need of a job. He's very buddy sour. He was recently mixed into a larger field, along with his buddy. He's very nasty to the mares and has way too much energy to be sitting around.
I was asked and have permission to work with this horse. He's a real sweetie, but he gets so worked up that he forgets EVERYTHING.
I had him out and was lunging him, he can't even walk. He just haul asses around and keeps getting closer and closer to me. I've tried using a lunge whip and he just doesn't care. I've tried multiple types of ground work, but he's just too unfocused.
Any ideas? At this point I'm not worried about riding, or even lunging. Just getting his respect and attention.