Horse problems after a year in training.
Hey all, so my boy Trigger is the first horse I have had a hand in training. He was ZERO broke last spring- had no clue what a bit was, like nothing! He was a pasture ornament for the first five years of his life. Anyhow, he was given to my instructor who knew I was interested in buying a new horse(this would not be my first horse, it's the first horse I've trained). This wild boy came to the barn hot headed and full of spirit. I loved him from the start. His training for the first 3 months was so intense! I had never been nearly tossed so many times in my life. Fast forward almost a year, he walks, trots, lopes on command. Backs up without hardly any pressure. Neck reins beautifully and I can ground time him forever anywhere anytime. This is only a bit of hoambush we have worked him. He has come HUGE leaps and bounds! Now the first real issue we found once undersaddle is that this boy loves to back up, of course, refuses to move FORWARD. We did some pony work to break him of that. And bang hasn't been an issue in 8 months, now in the past three weeks all he wants to do is back up! Will NOT go forward at all. When I nudge him, steer him, anything we go back to a huge problem, kicking, small rearing and crow kicking. He pins his ears, and just becomes so unpleasant! Now I want to point out, he only does this if I've ridden him more then twice in a week and most famously if I'm working in the arena without any other horses- I ride once a week in an advanced group class. Im considering having the vet come and check his teeth, but aside from that I feel like I'm back to the basics, we moved him back into a snaffle to try and help, and it did for a while, but now he just fights the bit. I'm running out of ideas. I do not want to give in to his bad behavior, but I want to be able to ride this guy without a trainer or million horses in the arena. Sorry about the book. Ok so now for questions: what would you do? Have you seen horses fall back in their training? Any suggestions are ideal. I will try and post a video of me riding him on Wednesday since I know people will be at the barn that can record for me. At that point I greatly appreciate any tips or tricks you have found helpful. Thank you again for all of your guys help! I've totally come to love this forum.
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