My horse has lost it! HELP!
Hello! I'm completely new to this forum. I honestly joined because my horse has gotten horrible and I have no clue what to do. Let me give you some background first.
I've had him for about a month and a week. He's an 8 year old paint gelding. I got him from a rescue. The lady who had him, kept him and a stallion in paddock together for 4 years without seeing a vet or a ferrier. I'm pretty sure she never even took him out of the paddock. With that being said, he does amazingly well for not really being messed with for 4 years. He is broken...kind of. I mean, I can get on his back but that's about it. Okay, that's pretty much the jist of it. He really just has no manners. I had been working with him for a month, everyday. He was showing MAJOR improvement. I can tell he wants to learn and was eager to do things. His manners were improving and I had finally gotten him to understand to move forward when I applied pressure, not backwards. He was doing amazingly well and I felt so proud. Well, I had to leave the state for about a week. I had a lady at the barn I board him at feed for me while I was gone. He really didn't get worked at all. When I arrived home and went out to work with him, it was like I had a completely different horse. I was expecting for me to have to go over some things with him, but he's just....a mess. This might be ridiculous, but I feel like he's really mad at me. Anything I ask him to do, he pins his ears completely back and refuses to do it. Even the simplist things. He hasn't had much excercise, so I tried to lunge him last night and when I asked him to move forward (his ears back the entire time), he turned straight for me. I've even had him rear up on me a few times. I don't know what to do. I can handle horses that won't listen, but he's just scaring me. Anytime I even approach him, his ears go back and he comes at me. It's killing me because he was doing so good and now I'm completely lost as to what to do. Nothing I'm doing seems to make a difference. It's like he wants nothing to do with me.
Hopefully I didn't leave any major bits out. I just really need some help so any advice at all would be amazing. Thank you guys for taking to the time to read all that.