My cousins moved into this place with a horse on it, and then they called me, wondering if I wanted to ride him. I said sure, and came out to meet him. I expected a horse that was rideable, and had some kind of manners, considering that he had "done' pony club and endurance comps before. What I found was a half crazy, abused and neglected horse on a one way track to the doggers.
He couldn't lead, be touched near the head, tacked up, he wouldn't lift his hooves, had thrown off the three "experts" that wanted to buy him, was extremley disrespectful, violently afraid of the hose, and reared up when pressure (leading, tied up ect) was put near his head. Not to mention I was told that he was a bolter, and bucked quite often. Oh, and he likes biting.
I've gotten him past most of that, and I'm sorta proud to say that I havent fallen off him yet, and I ride him in a halter, bareback. (Seeing as his saddle doesn't come anywhere close to fitting, same to his bridle, and I can't affored new ones atm).But we still have a fair way to go.
He's become pretty good with the hose, barley even flinches infact, he stands still, I can do his hooves, ect. However, he does have a problem with lunging. Now don't get me wrong, I've had a fair few years spent in the horse world (relative to my age at least), so I'm not a newbie at this. However, I would like some help from others, and other opinions, seeing as I try to keep an open mind, and I will admit, and new to the training side of things. I know that having someone help me would be best, but irl, horsewise, I'm pretty much standing alone. Most of the people in my family are frightened of horses, as are my friends. Those that aren't live halfway across the country.
So back to the main problem, when I lunge my horse, he goes okay sometimes, but other times... well yeah. He goes okayish with his transitions on one side (left I think) but on the others... urg. He also likes think that he's participating in a rodeo. I've lunged him with full gear, just a halter, and yeah I'll admit to having done join up a fair few times. He still stays bucking, pigrooting, trying to run away from the circle, tried charging me once, but was quickly convinced that was a bad idea, likes to disrespect my space, has sloppy transitions and is hard to send out.
I have a lunge whip, and I keep it in correct position, and I can't seem to figure out where I'm going wrong. A huge part of me is hesitant to blame the horse, and I have no idea of how he used to be before he was abused and let out of control, but I'm starting think that maybe it is him. Accurate details on his history are hard to find, seeing as his old owners are incredibly dodgy, and couldn't even tell me when his teeth were last done.
So can anyone tell me what I can do to help the both of us improve? I'm not overly fussed on him working on the correct frame right now, I just want to be able to get working in a circle for more than 5% of the time. I'm not picky aboutn training methods, NH, traditional whatever, as long as it isn't illegal or abusive or going to cause my horse pain.