Horse does almost everything else beautifully, except...
Recently purchased a 15 year old TB gelding. He is extremely lazy, and apparently has been his entire life (judging by his race charts, he stopped running completely shortly after coming out of the gate when he was a 2 yr old, and a lot of his other races read "tired out" or "no factor"... lol). That's no big deal, I like that he is laid back. He lets a TINY 10 year old girl trot him around the field with no problems (he is 16 hands). Of course every horse has flaws... and here are his most significant ones:
When I have him tied where he can't see horses, he goes bonkers. Hollering, head high, ignores his handler... will sometimes paw, and he moves around constantly. I can usually get his attention if I grab a carrot stick and tap his rump with it and PUT him where I want him (standing correctly where he's tied) but as soon as I put it away he is back to acting up.
When I ride him, I can ride him away from the horses just fine, at any gait/speed I want, without any problems at all. Even walking back, he doesn't fight. It's just if I stop him and ask him to stand still while he's out there. He won't do it. He'll back up, duck his head down, side-step... He won't try to take off, but he'll fight me. He hasn't reared or bucked or anything, but I want him to stand calmly.
He has shown lots of little disrespectful habits like this since I've started working with him. Right now he's in the barn my himself where he can't see or interact with other horses. He usually stays out with everyone else, but tonight after bolting out of the barn to get to the other horses (running me over in the process) I decided I need him to get over this sourness. Not sure if secluding him for a while is the right route to take, which is why I'm asking for advice here.
Thanks in advance!
I'm so busy, I don't know if I've found a rope... or lost my horse...