I recently got a new horse, well it was about a month ago, he is a 8 year old appendix. I really like him and he is a good horse but he has a few issues that I need to work on. The previous owner put him out in a pasture for around 2 years beacause he was lame (we have that taken care of) so he doesn't have the best manners but he is already getting better.
I have been mostly doing groundwork with him because it is too wet to ride. He knows nothing about groundwork and is used to being lunged and doing whatever he wants when he get lunged. The previous owner was really rough on him (not abusive or anything) so you really have to push or pull him to make him do anything. Anyways I have noticed when I do grundwork with him he doesn't focus on me, he doesn't most of what I ask but you can tell that I don't have his full attention.
He doesn't have a mean bone in his body but he has kicked out at me and the vet but I really don't think that he mean't it in a bad way he just acts like a bratty kid when he doesn't get his way. Any pointers or advice about getting him more repectful and getting his attention in me? Thanks!!