I recently adopted a young standardbred, off the track. He is very willing reliable and well behaved. He has only been at the new stable for about a week but seems to be settling in well. However he's always been a total doll, loved having his scratched, brushed, etc when I had been visiting him for a few weeks before I adopted him and the first week he was at the new barn but the past couple of times he's been agitated about me going near his face and i'm not sure why. I haven't been handling him roughly or given any meds etc. And he is still very willing, he walks up to me in the field when I go to get him but once he's in cross ties he just sniffs me and then puts his ears back and throws his head up. Is this just frustration from not yet being excepted into his new paddock? Or is it something with me?
Also he is not a huge fan of the bit, he has a very soft mouth and fusses alot with the bit and sticks his tongue out the side of his mouth, so I was thinking of trying him in a KK training bit... what is the difference though between the training and the ultra??