For the past 2 months I've only ridden Prince in lessons, but not on my own without instruction. So I haven't had the chance to do fun stuff like letting him graze, ride bareback with a halter, or let him free lunge. But today, I figured I'd let him loose in the arena just to see what he'd do and find out more about his personality.
He did one loop around the arena and kicked out in my direction!! I was a good 20 feet away but still. He ran around a little to get some energy out and when he was done he was standing at the end of the arena. I started walking towards him on his left to put his lead rope on. He kept his face into the wall and aimed his butt towards me with his ears back. I kept out of kicking distance and tried approaching him on the right side side instead and he moved his butt around to face me again! He honestly looked like he would have kicked me if I went any closer. He didn't want me anywhere near him. I've never had a horse do this to me before so I didn't know how to fix the behavior. Instead, I avoided it by getting him apples and making him come to me. But still, that's not fixing the problem.
I see this as one of the worst signs of disrespect and if I'm going to be riding him all summer I need him to understand I'm boss and not another lesson rider he can take advantage of. I'm going to ask my instructor about this on Tuesday when he gets back.
I definitely need to refresh his mind of some groundwork and manners but is there any way to stop this problem specifically? Or any good groundwork exercises that will teach him NOT to do that and to respect me more? Thankyou for your replies