need help for a friend- disrespectful colt
Ok first off this is NOT my colt. This colt belongs to a good friend of mine who does not have internet access, who asked me to ask for advice on her behalf.
She has a coming 2 year old AQHA gelding colt. He was not handled much before she got him, and she has worked hard on him. He is now halterbroke and will stick his own head in the halter. She can pick up his feet and he's been trimmed.
The problem she is running across is that if her colt doesn't want to do something, he will rear up and prance around. He will show the whites of his eyes and kind of freak out. She was run over by him this morning and he cut her leg up pretty bad with his hoof. He had gotten out of the fence and she put a lead on him and was leading him back, and he spun around hard, reared and came down on her with his front feet. She is not afraid of him, she is angry at herself that she cannot control his movement like she should. I have seen him become pushy with her and she will push him back and say "NO" very loud, which just makes him act worse.
I am worried that she is going to get hurt worse if this continues. She does not have a round pen, and her finances are pretty tight due to her hours being cut at work, so no money for a trainer. I'm not a trainer, but I'm trying to use what I know to help her. Frankly his behavior is worrisome to me.
Can anyone offer some suggestions (besides sell the colt, she won't do that!) He is a well bred colt, and she hopes to someday use him for trail classes. I am sure once she gets over these issues he'll be fine, he is a nice looking colt.
Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.