I've been working for some folks for about 5 years now. They have no knowledge of how to care or ride their own horses therefore they hired me to take them on trail rides etc. 2 years ago they brought me a 3 year old dun...great potential and sweet disposition, however now he's turned into a tail chassin brat and is refusing to give me his attention outside of the round pen.
He has also become alarmingly hard mouthed for how young he is...its frustration... example: he'll take the bit in his teeth and turn and go refusing to listen to leg ques riening and even the basic plow riening.
He has also given me bouts of refusal for any sort of movement he wont back up and for a good five min one day wouldn't give me his head but firmly planted his feet and clamped down on the bit.
My problem is I was brought a horse with great potentional and forced to put individuals of no experience on him for. Therefore they're scared of him because he does step out and covers ground they constantly yank on his mouth frustrating him...
I'd like to tell my boss to buy some "dead head" horses that are content with ploddin along head to butt behind one another however, my boss is an individual of pride and commadity.
Now, after bringing this horse of quality in and allowing inexpierienced riders on him because I have no chioce i'm left with trying to regain his manners daily.
I've taken the dun back to ground training in a round pen and i'm realizing the he is bored and also so am I...he knows what he's doin and responds accordingly in the round pen however when we are outside of the pen I lose his attention.
We've gone over "backing" since a few days ago he literally denied me any ground....but i'm sensing in him that its not that he doesnt remember its the fact he doesnt want to listen.
He wants to go back to his buddies or most irritating wants to run back to the one mare in the group. I've asked for my boss to get rid of her seein as she crippled herself last year and can't be riden anymore but they wont listen and also don't understand that geldings have a tendency to get plain stupid around mares...
What can I do....i know i;m fighting a losing battle because come to find out when i;m not around the kids of said boss come down and basically destroy any work i'm trying to accomplish.
Basically he's not paying attention to me outside the pen and losses all sense of manners after exiting the pen also. He's frustrated after having his mouth constanly yanked on and is way too heavy handed for his age. Its be become so bad i've had to put a curb bit in his mouth because its the only thing that will get a response and I don't need him bolting with riders. I don't like curb bits they're far too harsh in my opinion and especially at 4-5 years old. I work with snaffles but he wont respond to them. And he hates riening and i've exhausted myself goin over overly exaggerated ques...
What can I do to get his attention outside the pen? Any other ideas for reiening? I don't want him to get sour and bored .... we're both frustrated and bout wore out with eachother. Advice please!