This is my first time posting so any suggestions are welcome!
A little backstory:
My boyfriend and I purchased a 9 year old gelding Appaloosa,13.2 h in late November. He was great for the first week he was at the barn. We have a barn that his family keeps their race horses at during the off season. The horse would let us groom him, bath him, and ride him. He would be turned out daily with no problems. The lady we bought him from said he was the extra horse on their farm but did get ridden quite a bit She said he was sweet and great with children. We visited him twice before deciding to purchase. He was SUPER sweet and calm.
A few weeks ago his behavior started getting progressively worse. He jumped over a small (4 foot) fence and ran into the barn over to the feed room. No big deal. Partly our fault for leaving the barn door open while we were getting ready to feed the horses. My boyfriend has many nieces and nephews and they all sat on him while we walked him around. No problems.
Recently though, every time we try to ride him he moves around a lot when we put the saddle/ bridle on. Once we get him ready he will walk around the ring a few times but steers terrible. He will keep walking over to where he knows the door is. He will rear and buck if you try to steer him away from the door and complete the circle. After about twenty minutes he will hit a stride and steer as wanted.
When he first came to the barn he would let us groom him. Now we have to clip him in the stall and he moves around constantly even when being brushed.
Last week I turned him out alone and was walking back towards the barn when I heard a loud crack. I turned around and he had jumped the 5 foot fence and was running towards me. He stopped about a foot in front of me and I brought him back inside. He had a large cut on his inner haunch that was bleeding from where he hadn't completely cleared the fence. I cleaned the wound and just let him be.
For the past week he has not let me go near the injury. He is walking normally but I haven't ridden him since. I have taken him out and walked him around so he can exercise. Today my boyfriend and I went to clean the injury and he tried to get away and almost fell down. He tried to kick both of us to the point where we just gave up. An hour later I came back to him and had to feed him carrots while my boyfriend simply sprayed the area with antiseptic.
My boyfriend seems to think the horse was tranquilized when we went to see him initially before we bought him. In my heart I do not think he is a bad horse I am just looking for a little advice, especially on the jumping the fence issue. The race horses that are a lot taller than him do not even attempt to jump the fence. He has not been able to be turned out because of this and I hate for him to not get the exercise he needs. I go there everyday and walk him around the ring for an hour so he can get some exercise, but am really looking for a solution to this "problem".
Thank you in advance for your kind suggestions/ advice!