He seems to be a little "home sour", when he gets more than 100 yds from home he tries to come back. I've been instructing dd to MAKE him go, keep turning him back, not let him win.
When she does want to come back, when he gets in that 100 yd radius he tries to run home, she couldn't stop him today (she knows what to do if this happens, but didn't remember in the moment). I told her to pull one rein around and make him stop that way, and walk the opposite direction (away from home) and try coming back again... repeating until he walks home like a good boy.
He spooked a tiny bit for the first time today, I brushed him, then threw the brush on the porch, the clank of the brush scared him and he jumped a few feet and got jumpy. I repeated the brush throw several more times, he jumped every time, but it did get less scary for him. He has never acted scared of anything prior to this.
How do you think is the best way to handle these situations?
We are new to horses and really enjoying learning about them and being around Tucker. Dd is 10 and doing really great.