We recently gelded my mothers 8 year old stallion(gelding) and because of the time of year I have been hand walking him twice a day and he's being kept on antibiotics. The vet also advised me to lunge him once a day at a trot, so he wouldn't stiffen up in his hind end later. Now, he was started under saddle as a three year old, and handled extensively as a young horse due to an injury that also prevented him from being shown, but since then he has just been used for pasture breeding. I've run into the issue now of him having absolutely no respect what so ever, to the point of not paying the slightest bit of attention to me unless I snap on his chin chain. Not to stay he's hard to handle, he's very docile and quiet, I can lead him past mares without a problem. But he doesn't respect my space or care about anything I ask of him. I tried to round pen him today and couldn't get more than two minutes total trotting and maybe three walking.
Now, my question for all of you more experienced, older horse people (I'm 17 and used to working with young horses) is how would you approach training a horse like this? I'd like to be able to restart him under saddle, but I wouldn't feel comfortable working with him, knowing that his attention is always elsewhere. How do you teach a horse like this respect?
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