So here is the back story: In May of this year my husband, who was born and raised around horses bought me my heart's desire; a calm, laid back TWH. Since then my husband hasn't had the time to assist me (I was not born and raised around horses) so much of my learning has been through hours and hours... and a few more hours of research and reading as well as trial and error. At first, Milo and I got along great. We just spent time getting to know each other....a lot of grooming, evening treats, hanging out... no pressure. That was my first mistake I think.
Eventually Milo became incredibly pushy and disrespectful of my space. I did my research and we started a regime of daily work sessions. We walked together to learn about personal space and where my boundaries were. We learned to stop when I stopped, go when I said go and to be still. I put the lunge line on and we worked with that, although I still cannot get him into a good trot. I made him back up when I said backup, and when all that was done we would then practice my bareback riding skills for a while. When we are done with our daily routine, I put down his small handful of sweet feed but don't allow him to approach it until I say it's okay. He learned well and he respected me, much safer for both of us. I thought gone were the days of having my feet stepped on.
This past Friday the farrier came out and Milo did well as he has in the past but as we were walking back to the ring he attempted to nip at my arm. Okay, his feet are sore and he's just telling me so, my bad was that I backed away. It's been down hill from there as he's pinning his ears at me, not co-operating at all and basically being incredibly disrespectful. My confidence is shaken and I'm sure he knows it. He's a very stubborn boy, takes him a bit to learn. I would love to hear any feedback on how to get over this hiccup we are having. As I said.. his disrespect has gotten a bit worse than before and I don't usually resort to smacking the boy in the shoulder but he got a whap today from me. While trying to get some sunscreen on his nose his head tossing got me one good time. :( Advice??????