He's bucking and rearing!!
I just recently started riding the gelding I got from a rescue. I have had him for about two months and he is very comfortable with the barn schedule...feeding, grooming, round pen work ect. I have no idea of his back ground. So I tacked him up and took him in the arena and we just walked circles and eights for about 20 minutes for 3 or 4 days. All was perfect so I decided to try try a trot. I started smooching and giving leg pressure with no results so I continue smooching and give small kicks with no results. I tried a crop on the sholder and rump. Nothing! He would flench as if he had a fly on his side with my gentle kicks so I tried a spur! (Just a barrel spur nothing harsh) WOW!! I thought I was in the saddle bronc at a rodeo. I did not just give up and get off (at least I was getting some result) we did this several times. I would flex his neck to get him to stop and when I would release the preasure he would rear up. So I don't know what to do now. I have ridden him since just at a walk but I want to continue to work with him and a spur does not look like the answer so I need some advice. From working with him at a walk I know he has ridden. I am able to get him to do everything I ask including to back. What should I try with him??