Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: secret mountain valley
my horse is too smart for me! Help?
I got a TB hunter jumper schoolmaster a little over a month ago and things are going relatively well. He was extremely pushy on the ground, we did a lot of ground work (yielding hind and fore, lateral flexion, lunging for respect, etc) and he got a lot better. Well I just moved him to his new barn a week ago and he is pitching fits and now acting like a TB.
Main problems are him refusing to stand while tied outside, refusing to stand still in crossties, starting to be pushy again. When I tie him to groom and tack up, he dances around, paws at the ground, works his mouth and sometimes threatens to bite me. I know he isn't scared, he's just throwing a tantrum. I'm not sure how to work through this (he's my first owned horse so I'm pretty new to this)- my tactic at this point is to walk him past things he acts up around over and over until he calms and then we move on. I put him in the crossties last night and made him stand until he stopped dancing, pawing, and working his mouth (20+ minutes) and then took him outside to rest/graze for a few minutes and then did ground work in the arena (he was great for this). I think he just likes testing me over and over, there are really great days and really awful days. Any suggestions? Is it just the new barn? Is my gelding secretly a mare?? Help the newby please!!