Luke, my 6 year-old, 13. Hand gelding has been off for most of the year. I've finally gotten myself into gear and began working with him, but he's developed some vices. Bracing against the bit and diving into the opposite direction mostly. I was advised his problem is lack of exercise, but he's been getting it and the problems aren't getting any better.
I've thought that maybe he's just bored of the arena, but I don't have anyone to trail-ride with and I'm not allowed to go alone >.O And there's a scary bulldog down the street that's chased us before.
I'm also not sure how to handle his fits; be firm and smack him with a crop, or just quietly correct him? The former tends to make him more mad but the latter, he just seems to think hes' gotten his way.
... Help? X_x