Recently bought a 16'5 hh QH/Paint and he is a beauty. BUT... He has no respect for my space, so to speak. I take it as he hasn't learned that I'm boss yet. Am I wrong?
As well... He THROWS his head as soon as you put your hand on his halter almost like he doesn't want you to touch his head. BUT you can rub all over his head and handle his ears, as long as you're only petting him. But as soon as you put your hand on his halter he throws his head. (AND he is so much taller than me he about rips my fingers off every time!)
The previous owner rode him with a halter and reins attached to the halter, because she couldn't get a bit in his mouth. I can see why, because he doesn't like his mouth handled AT ALL! I'm sure with some work and convincing we could get a bit in his mouth without hurting him, but I haven't tried yet. I've heard a few people tell me try a hackamore, but I feel like he already throws his head when I put pressure on his halter, so I'm not sure a hackamore would be best.
My friend says "Just get on him!!" and I don't feel comfortable just "getting on him" because I feel like fixing his ground manners is a building block to under saddle manners.
Am I doing the right thing by taking it slow and trying to fix the smaller problems before I fix the bigger problems? Not sure what to do. Any advice on how to handle this horse is welcome!