Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Southwest Missouri
I understand your frustration and being discouraged with your first horse. I have helped two families find their first horse and loaned them a lot of reading material I.e.- books that I have, magazines I have with horse handling articles and more. Then after we found their horses I worked with them and their new family member until they were confident enough to be on their own with the horse. Look around for someone who has horse experience who would be willing to be of help to you. As a general rule experienced horsepeople are more than willing to help a new horse owner.
It sounds like your horse maybe testing you, because he senses your maybe being nervous when your with him. Horses do pick up on our emotions. Another thing that could be going on with him is that he is fresh and full of pent up energy. My QH mare who I've owned for 15 years at now 23 years old and retired will still frolic and romp gleefully, bucking, galloping at will. Then on the other hand, which I do hope is not the case, your horse may have had the upper hand with previous owners and learned bad manners.
Are you feeding the 7lbs of grain in one daily feeding? If so it would be far better for the horse if you broke down his feedings to twice daily. Giving hay free choice is okay.