Old horse has bad attitude...need help before someone gets hurt!!!
I have a 18-20 year old haflinger cross gelding horse. He is a sweet horse and loves to be brushed, but he has an attitude sometimes.
First off he has NOT had any attention or been ridden in 6 years! The people I got him from just let him sit in a pasture for 6 years. He was given to me by those people, because they didn't want him.
I am not an experienced horse person. Please don't tell me get a trainer! I can't afford one. And please don't tell me ride him more! I have ridden horses before, but this is my first horse.
He is old and set in his ways, but has sooooo much potential in him.
He is taller than me and only respects people taller than him.
He is a very smart horse. And even if you show him dominance, he is smart enough to know that you are smaller than him.
You can ride him while a taller person leads him, but that's not what I want to do forever. He gets into the little attitude moments, that are very, very, very hard to stop. If he wants to do something then he will do whatever possible to do it!
Please give me some advice on what to do. And what to do to break his attitude.
Sorry for the long post