I own an eighteen year old grade (not that it matters, but his coggins say QH cross, and I say POA Appy mutthing) gelding that I bought recently, and while he is the most sane horse I've been around, we have some issues I can't sort out.
He is BRILLIANT for tacking up - stands nicely, doesn't fidget, and drops his head into the bridle for you (but has to be reminded to take the bit, which doesn't bother me) but once I go to mount, he steps backwards to follow me and doesn't stand still til I've sorted him out three or four times, or someone is there to hold him for me.
After I'm up, he's eager to be off and going and will walk off. That's pretty bothersome, as now he's walked off when I'm only half up and I've had to fling myself over the saddle and squirm upright while he's cheerfully carrying on his way. He hates standing still, and will fidget, paw and act like a twit tossing his head until we're going again.
And then.. There is his weaving. And some other things. When we go out alone (we typically go with my friends and do leisurely walks), he weaves constantly and is completely dead-sided to leg when I KNOW he knows what I'm asking, because he's perfect when my friend is there. And he balks if I correct him too much for his liking and we dance sideways.
I know I can handle his surprise!Balk/Spooks, but the abrupt sidepassing sideways that he'll pull when he doesn't want to go forward without caring what is beside us really worries me. One day, he didn't want to cross a road with a ditch/creek on either side (road is all earth and dirt, completely and utterly solid and very wide) when he crosses it all the time fine and he abruptly went sideways into some downed treelimbs and didn't seem fussed at all.
... So, that was very rambly, all in all, but I need some tips. He ONLY does it when it's just me. I think he reckons he's got my number, and he smartens up quick when my (much more assertive, alpha-mare type) friend shows up. He doesn't pull ANY of it when she rides him for me -.-'
Hopefully going to enroll us in some lessons soon, so that'll be great but until then I really need some ideas <3
If you read all of that, you are awesome <3