I recently got a 12 year old appaloosa gelding as sort of a rescue. I had admired this horse previously, had seen him in the area ridden by the owner and some kids. Appeared to be a well broke horse and the owners were far from horse savvy, just city people who had the space and money for a few horses.
They decided to move back to the city and offered him to me as they knew I liked him.
Went and saw him, saw him ridden, rode him myself, then my young cousin rode him. All seemed pretty well.
Brought him home, its been a few weeks now and his behavior has totally changed. He is pushy and disrespectful on the ground, constantly worried about where the other horses are and calling to them(had been alone for 6 years), forever fidgeting when being led, constantly tossing his head and pulling the lead rope and just a general annoyance.
I'm sending him to my boss/trainer in about two weeks but was wondering how I can start to gain his respect on the ground now. He is still fine under-saddle, a bit forward (part of the reason he is going for further training) but nothing that is unmanageable for now plus I plan on waiting to ride him more until we can be seen by my trainer. I also just want to be able to lead him in and out from the paddock (I self board so I'm with him alot) groom him without him tugging me around, rooting at me for treats and just being annoying.
I think the people who had him previously treated him like a big pet and let him get away with alot of crap on the ground and were timid/afraid of him.