Red has been chillin in the paddock for well over 6 months. I was wondering, what to do with a horse that has a tendancy to 'Zone out' and fidget, ignore his handler and spin around, fidget, rub his head on things, eat, when ever he is'nt being worked, he does'nt do it while being groomed but he did do it today while his saddle was being fitted.
Could his moving away be from being a bit girthy after not being saddled for so long, then having a painfull pinchy saddle being on, then whilst having a new saddle fitted, he is fearing the pain and avoiding it, or just being naughty and fidgety?
Also what can I do to keep his attention on me, and not fidgetting.
How can I keep him out of my space? I've tried pushing him away, by rubbing/pushing his breast bone, his shoulder. Getting the whip and tapping him with it, growling at him, ect. But he just DOES NOT listen, im getting to my whistend with him, becuase he is so unresponsive. He literally, droops his eye lid, lifts a hind leg, and does not move, he is quite a fidgetty horse, and throws legs around and turns to nip when you try and move him out of your space.
Which he does get into trouble for. But he just zones straight back out. Does he need complete retraining after being in a paddock for soo long?