I have tried bullying him back. I have punched him after he bites, my dad has gone after him with a rake, and my mom screams at him, but when he gets threatened he pins his ears and threatens to bite again if you don't get out of the way. With the elbow thing....I've read that before, but you can't really do that and be consistent with it if you have your back to his stall on accident when he bites, which is usually the case.
We don't have a saddle big enough for him, we were planning on barebacking until we could buy a draft saddle, but then he got like this....I personally want to stick a bridle on him and ride him out bareback to show him what work is, but my mom won't let me. (overprotective mothers....she won't even let me ride the back 1000 if she's not with me lol) She doesn't have health insurance right now so she won't get up on him, but I do have it through my dad (divorced parents, dad's law firm provides health insurance for the family) and really want to ride him out. I have a draft bridle that's one of those halter/bridle combo things, and I have a one-eared show bridle from my MFT who was HUGE and had a huge head so that might fit him. No throatlatch, but I think that would be okay. If I did convince my mom to let me ride him, (and she has ridden him before--when we bought him. She said he was rusty but willing to learn) would I use a snaffle or a curb? I have a ton of excess bits. I'll try to post pics of my Western ones so HF can determine which one would work best for him.
With regard to the mare PMS supplements....Yes, I have tried that. I tried Mare Magic, and it worked to an extent, but it got really expencive so I had to drop it. I feed good quality hay and grain....he's fat so I don't give him that much grain and only 2-3 flakes of hay twice a day, but I feed Grow 'n Win (description on feed
) grain to all my horses except my senior gelding who has Nutrena Equine Senior to help keep stress-induced weight on (he lost a lot of weight trying to keep the mare away from the other horses last year).
Anyway, do you think I'm right to push me riding him? I think it would do him some good. My bareback pad might fit him, but he's such a fatty from being idle that I doubt it would go around his girth.
If I section him off from everyone, that's not really possible with our pasture setup. Plus he neighs and paces the fence whenever I take Arthur for a ride....hates to be alone.
I really think he hates the cold weather, as silly as that sounds. His mood always downright sucks in winter, which is usually when I pull out the Mare Magic out and give him supplements of that at every feeding.
I can't lead him to the back pastures, he stays in the front pasture because he has NO ground manners and crowds you and bites and dances on the end of the lead and speeds up when you want him to walk with you, and ugh it's a nightmare. When we do take the horses to the back grassy pastures in summer (they have access from the stalls to the main dirt pasture, but in summer we take them all to the back pasture which is only like 200 meter away to graze every day), I have to bring the mare and the stallion to the pasture first (everyone gets along, surprisingly. The stallion knows his place and doesn't go near the mare or the other geldings because he knows he'll lose in a dominance battle against my gelding) and lock them in. Then I mount Arthur, my gelding, and set Sunny free. I herd him to the back pasture since he won't be ponied and lock them all in. But if I were to work with him, I would have to work with him in that pasture, and I'll have to work on ground manners with him so I can actually lead him back there.
When I get him back there, I think I'll try a join-up from Monty Roberts....I'm kind of worried to have him follow me, though, because he has a habit of walking on your heels and trust me, it hurts SO bad to have a 2,000 pound giant of a horse step on your toes lol! Then maybe I'll try lungeing him to get him to work a little. Any tips on lungeing, as I've never lunged before besides my mini mare, which doesn't really count since I can never get her lazy butt to lunge anyway?
Maybe I'll try sacking him out. That might help with the problem he has with his feet being touched. What the trainer did was use John Lyons techniques and take a long pole with a glove on the end and touch his feet with it so Sunny could kick the crap out of it and the "arm" wouldn't give up. I'm definitely getting him used to plastic and stuff on his back before I get on....if I ever get on.
Would it benefit him to be ponied? My gelding is a handful in himself because of his separation anxiety with the mini mare, so it would be difficult to pony him and control two misbehaving horses. I could do it though, and Arthur's separation anxiety might be partially cured for the time being if he had a buddy on the trails with him. You think? I think I'll try it.
I think the Amish could really get some use out of him as a plow horse in the fields. He's strong, and huge, and needs to learn the meaning of working for his feed.