07-10-2014, 06:04 PM
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I see it both ways....a herd bound horse (hate that....never had a herd bound and never will), and a horse that doesn't take the rider seriously and is not focused on the rider at all. So that puts the ball in the RIDER'S court.
Question....what is the reason you can't separate the two geldings? Is it just personal preference or environmental (as no other paddock etc).
For your problem....your horse is dictating when he's going to be worked and that needs to be stopped. When he wants to be stupid, you make his butt work even harder, so he is focused on what you are asking and doing, and yep...gets a little bit tired. Rearing is serious, and it may be that this horse needs some professional intervention with you involved through the whole process, or you find a horse that has no herd bound issues.