Originally Posted by littleredridinghood
So with my busy schedule and cold temperatures, I have not had as much time as I would like to spend with my horse. For the last 3 or so months I haven't had enough time to do anything but groom him a few times a week. He is an Ottb and is generally very sweet. Lately though, and I know this is due to lack of time I've spent with him, my horse has become very pushy and doesn't seem to like being touched very much. When I rub anywhere past his neck he swishes his tail and starts getting anxious and almost like he is in pain. I know he is not in pain because anyone else can touch him in the same manner and he is fine. Today I finally had a few extra hours to spend with him and decided to work on regaining ground manners. He picked them up relatively fast and I was able to lunge him for 25 minutes track right, however when we tried to switch directions he became irritated and many times tried to run in at me and kick at me. I was not asking him to do anything but walk at this point and he immediately started doing his crazy trot, head up and tilted to the outside, nostrils flairing, and then he would dart to the middle at me. It really scared me. I don't know what to do about this issue. Please help!
Whether you have spent time with him or not that is very direspectful behavior and dangerous! When was the last time you lunged him? Do you use a training stick/string while lunging him? Drive him away with the stick, whack him if you have to.....chase him to let him know he did something you didn't like and he shouldn't do. Then go back to what you were doing like nothing had happened. If he comes in too close again, chase him off!! He's testing to see if you are the leader or him....stay safe!