Horse is very dominant and very submissive at the same time!
I have a 4 1/2 year old Lusitano/ Andalusian gelding named Bo who has lived on the range until about 4 months ago. I have had him for about two months, and from the very first week we have been roundpenning him, doing natural horsemanship, going for walks, grooming, doing horse agility, etc. these are our issues:
1. We can't catch him without grain! Chasing him will work after about 1/2 hour of him cantering around but this only lasts for the day and I do not have time for this every day.
2. In the roundpen, he shows submissiveness (e.g. lowering his head, chewing) while showing dominance (e.g. disrespecting my beam, not doing outside turns, cutting corners).
3. We have sat on his back 4 times now and walked around. I have my experienced coach right there with me leading him just in case. He has been 100% fine with me being on his back surprisingly, doesn't even blink an eye, but he is scared of my coach on the ground even though shes the one that feeds him and does roundpenning etc with him as well! He is more scared of people, even me, on the ground than he is on his back. he won't freak out or anything, he is just weary and wants to keep an eye on the person on the ground. It seems like he is almost not ready to get on his back when you are on the ground, but once you or on he is fine. He can do the whole roundpenning program fine, including approach. silly guy!