thanks :\ I did want him to be a good beginner horse as that is what I bought him for. My parents are those listen to me because the bible says so types and they force me to allow my siblings to ride. I am scared one of them is going to get hurt but they don't care. So I figured I would try to work on him. He has just got too much fight in him.
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So your parents aren't really horsey people? Neh. In the first year I had my mare on my father's farm, my father thought she was a dog and he could simply shove her around. I had him try to round pen her, which showed him a bit of the business end, then later he kept hugging her neck without letting her go and she finally broke out of his arms and continuously avoided him when he appeared. He really got the idea when my neighbor's horse kicked him and my mare learned that this particular human was one to disrespect ;)
I decided to be a Born-Again Christian, and he was a rigid type of Catholic, so yeah, he would stick the younger kids on my mare without asking me or letting me know. So I gave him what he asked for an let the kids have little lesson rides, both of them fell off and one decided to actually JUMP off my horse and landed so awkwardly at a slow
jogging trot mind you, that the kid broke a wrist. My father has a mental disorder and always was unbearable, it's just something I had to accept and try keeping the kids alive. Nobody messes with her now.... especially since I know how to piss her off for a second to have her look mean. It's an old deceitful cowboy's trick to make a potential client's horse look psycho without the cowboy himself doing anything obvious. Honestly, I'm not proud of the skill but it comes in handy sometimes with no real expense to the horse or me.
I would think that if they actually saw you have a session with him and saw him acting up, they'd know to back off!
But, is it possible that the kids will be satisfied being led around on a pony ride? Like, leading the horse in hand while the kid sits on at a walk doing nothing? If you can get him polite in hand, I think this should be quite possible. When my mare's in a bad estrus, I always gallop her out first and have a full riding session before putting kids on for being led around. As far as the horse is concerned, it's a cool down with a little weight in the saddle. You can bring him far. It's just a pain in the butt and often feels like you're getting nowhere.
* Ack! I'll be back later, my show rabbit's having a breach birth