Need to do a little brainstorming
So my mild mannered TB has turned into his usual winter butt head self. Every year it's the same thing. The rest of the year, we canter around happily in the fields like we're in a freakin' post card. Winter hits and that same canter turns into a galloping/bucking/head tossing tumbleweed. I've been trying my usual things to manage it, but could use a new perspective. Obviously he still thinks he has my number a bit or this wouldn't be happening. I've been able to control the Saratoga sprints as I've renamed them by either circling or keeping him in a slight shoulder-fore so he can't get dead straight. If I can catch him the second he decides that trotting is not enough for him, I use the one rein stop. So far I think I'm winning this thing, but we're talking 51/49 at best in my favor. The second side of this is, it's presenting itself in a slightly barn sour manner. If we're traveling away from the barn area, (all this is in open fields out back) I can barely get him above a walk since he freezes up every 5 steps or so pretending there's something out there. Reverse and take those same steps back, and he has no problem moving at 40mph. I'm trying to be patient, but he's starting to tick me off. I'm about ready to just whack him while moving him away, but am concerned about over-correcting and picking a fight with a creature who outweighs me by 1100 lbs. I know this is a training issue and pure BS on his part. I just need some input on what to try next. The goal is to trot around these fields in a consistent tempo in any direction I **** well choose while still keeping him between me and the ground. He's a sweet boy, but he needs a good talking to at this point. Thanks for reading.
You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.