So as everyone should know by now, I'm now one proud and happy owner of one Butterscotch. I love him to bits and he's still the same personality. However, without a proper, safe, training barn to work him at consistently, I am having some serious problems with his behavior riding.
I keep in check with my positioning. It's really frustrating and I find myself short tempered in this 100 degree whether. Before the ride is ever over, I'm dehydrated and ready to pass out from trying to keep him from killing us. Granted, he does do well once I get him out and going, but getting that way is a hard task.
He backs up without a care on where it takes him (ditches, steep 3 footer hills, barbed fencing). Every time he gets close to that, I instantly stop what I'm doing and relax because I'll panic otherwise. I've used a crop as encouragement to move forward. I've sat back and squeezed, I've leaned forward and squeezed, I've kicked, I've clucked, I' dismounted, lead him around, remounted, I've made him circle, and I've ever used an egg-butt and the typical western bit (y'know, the kind every other western bridle comes with).
I'm stuck. I'm not sure what to do, and I really don't want to borrow my friend's spurs because I don't trust myself. I'd lunge him, but a multitude of factors won't allow that.
So, for the love of god, does anyone have any ideas that will help me?