Numerous Problems discovered with my 4yo Gelding
A quick history lesson first off, so you know the back ground...
I have been around with Bracken for about 4 months now. Only been in contact with him for 4 weeks.. I bought him to save him from a gypsy dealer after loaning for 3 weeks.
Ridden in a snaffle, looking at a roller bit soon if he's still naughty ! No gadgets I.e martingale.
Today, I took him out on his usual ride (the outskirts of the farm), and decided to take him a little further.. He got say? 100 yards further then normal, reared turned on his hind and bolted back the way we came. I managed to slow him down and calm him down and took him onto our usual schooling field. Right away I had a problem. The moment we got onto the field, he was pulling to go back the way we came and pulling for the yard gate. He even stops dead at the yard gate and if I try moving him forward.. *BUCK* if I ask again *JUMPING UP AND DOWN ON FRONT LEGS*.. Managed to walk him away, but right away was pulling for the gate on the other side of the field. We had only been out 15 mins !!! Once he was good, I took him back to the farm and attempted to lunge (i didnt feel safe on his back as he had never acted this way with me before, he is usually lazy and dopey).. I then learned he doesnt lunge and he is terrified of the lunge whip.. I left the lunge whip on the ground out of the way and tried to each him to walk around me now towards me, and it was working untill he decided to aim his back leg at my tummy... I always try leaving it on a good note, so I made him walk around me for a few more moments and took him up to his stable before I lost my temper. I know he is young, and has issues, but im not sure how to handle them. If I feel he is scared or getting overwhelmed with too many things at once I give him and me a time out for a few moments to collect our thoughts. Am I doing wrong??
If I ride him in the school, he will do the same in regards to pulling for the gate, but he doesnt bolt. He will walk sideways if he has to as long as it gets him to the gets, and usually its that close, your bouncing your knee caps off the post and rail fencing we have!
On the ground he is brilliant ! Can do annnyythinngg with him!! Which I am proud of because when I was asked to loan him I was told never to go into the stable with him, be careful lifting his feet, he's tried biting peoples faces, he drags you everywhere.. So I am proud to say he's done a 180 on the ground. Even my 6 year old cousin can groom him and sit on him bareback with mummy holding her! He doesnt bat an eye lid! So what barriers are between me and him for him to be so naughty/confused when being worked?? Any advice is VERY welcome, as how im feeling with him right now, I don't even want to feed him!!