I recently adopted a BLM mustang from a horse rescue and he is a sweet guy but I am sick and tired of fighting him and getting no where. I rode for 45min last night and was both physical and mentally exhausted by the time I was done. I pulled a muscle in my back and he smacked my head off a tree. I had a friend of mine come out and ride him and she told me that I need spurs and I am just going to have to smack him around to show him who is boss but that has never been my way of training with any animal. I prefer to train by positive reinforcement but I am at a loss with this horse. To put it in easy terms he acts "herd bound". He will ride like 20 feet from the fence just fine but then the entire time after that he is constantly fighting and trying to turn back. I can make him go to a point then he will fight through and head back. That's what happened with the tree last night I came around the opposite side of the house then what the pasture is on and between us and the fence was this tree with a low branch. By this point he is trying to get me off by any means so he trots straight for the tree I finally get him to listen and stop but we are under the tree by this time so I turned him right to get away from the low branch, which is right in front of me. With his head turned all the way right he ran straight forward and smacked my head off the tree because he could see the fence and the other horses and wanted to go back. The horse rescue where he was said that he was perfect and anyone could ride him. So I guess I am just to dumb to ride this horse.