I have an appy, we got him last June, he is actually my moms horse, but she has been on him only once(she's got some fear issues). I also have a TB that I board and spend what little spare time I have working with her and don't really have much time to work with her horse as well. Last night I had a little extra time so I decided to do some work with him. I started off riding him in the round pen, he was neck reining nicely, but was a little stiff. I just walked on him since it's been a while since he's been ridden. Since he was behaving I decided to open the gate and ride in the pasture(round pen is in the pasture). As soon as I opened the gate he headed for the barn(which is open and also in the pasture), I tried to steer him away but he wasn't really responding then when I was trying to make him go away from the barn he chucked a little buck, it wasn't anything serious, but a protect buck, but every time I tried to get him to move away he would buck. I eventually decided to get off and lunge him in the round pen since I wasn't getting anywhere. I'm going to try to make a point to ride him at least once a week, but I need some ideas on getting him away from the barn, he does pretty good on the trail, but it was getting late and my helmet was at the boarding stable so I didn't feel like taking him on the trail was a good idea.
Also when I was free lunging him I could not get him to go clockwise. He would W/T/C counter-clockwise but wouldn't even trot clockwise, I would try to get him to go and he would refuse to go and then turn around and go the other way. When I would try to get him to change directions he would see me heading towards to rail and he would go as fast as he could to get there before me so I couldn't get in front of him. Very frustrating! I have a trainer for my TB, but she can't come and help me with him and I don't have a trailer to bring him there. I'm sure he will get better if I work with him more often, but I'm not quite sure how to fix the bucking thing.
Just realized I put this in the critique section lol, can someone please move it to training, I didn't notice that the forms have moved around