Hiya. I have a 5yr old 16 hh appaloosa. And he is quite a charater. I had moved to rhode island for 2 months and now that I'm back I was so excited to see my horse. We wanted to make sure everything would work out finacially before we moved him up there and were going to really stay there. Well it didn't work out and now I'm back happily in MD while I was gone my horse was lightly ridden twice and lunged a handful of times by my trusty horse girlfriends. But now that I'm back and riding my horse has been acting funny. He's been bucking. Not severe. He's attempted to give me 2 full out bucks but I correct them before they happen. Other than that is only like a couple bounces here and there (like 1-3). What I'm not sure is if its because he's happy and full of energy or if its because he's sore from being ridden. I've checked my saddle and him for loose bolts or sores. And nothing is out of the ordinary. And when I try to do practice/ arena circles he cuts his turns tight and ends up stumbling. We had just gotten into barrels right before I left. And I had taken him around a couple trotting the other day but it wasn't crazy. When we went riding with all my friends they all took off running and most of the time we would too but it was a long so I thought it would be nice to take a break. And he fought and fought and chomped down on that bit and pulled against me. He's never done anything like that to me except when I very first got him.
So my question is. Do I need to beef up the workout to burn out some of that energy or should I lay off? Feel free to ask any questions to help with a more though answer.