Is it is personality?
So I wrote earlier about Blaze and I have read a lot of the posts under training and have come to the conclusion that Blaze does not like to be ridden. However, most of the problems I have with him are due to how high strung he is. Blaze is very intelligent and impatient and he picks up on things at the drop of a hat, unfortunately the amount of spirit he has is preventing me from having a fun and safe riding experience. When it comes to how I take care of Blaze, I try my very best to be fair, firm, and consistent. I have established with him that I am not a predator and have taken passenger lessons on him. I try my best to accommodate both of us by moving quickly, efficiently, and calmly, no matter how he acts. Blaze does everything by the book in the round pen and arena when it comes to ground work. He will back when I ask him, trot and woa when I ask him, come to me, halt on the rail, spin circles, play the parelli games I have taught him. He drops his head and relaxes and accepts me as his dominant in the round pen. It's when I get in the saddle that things change. I can ride him in the round pen and arena with little complaint, but if he is anywhere else I have a very difficult time controlling him. I do my best to make him work when he is super edgy, but I can't work him enough! This horse has an endless and daunting supply of energy under saddle. If I ride him around the open field and ask him to stop, he will stamp his feet and paw and dig vigorously, toss his head, dance around, try to move forward, pretty much anything to try to force me to give in. When I ask him to trot he tries to pull through with all his force to go faster, when I ask him to canter he tries to pull through and dead gallop.. and since I have tried some of the things others have suggested he bucks much less but still wants to do what he wants to do, which is run, run, run... just with me as a passenger, lol. So i decided that since Blaze is so bored that trail riding must be a good solution so he can have a job and work out some of this energy. I have taken him out with a group 3 times now, and going out he will show out as much as possible, dancing around, trying to turn, backing over things... so I will ask him to back over objects, circle him, and keep him moving, and he will eventually settle down and then he wants to lead the trail ride. I discovered today that he will NOT tolerate the other horses reaching a certain distance in front of him. He was running in place and trying to break away from me, all while grinding his teeth and tossing his head. Well I asked him to trot, so at least he would be working, and he broke into a lope.. and although I usually will one reign stop him ( i use that to fix most of his problems) I don't feel comfortable enough with my seat to do that without the risk of falling off. So I took a real "passenger" trail ride today, as he broke into a dead on survival style gallop to reach those other horses, all with me hauling on his mouth and singing to him very calmly to walk... and he completely ignored me, something he would never do in the round pen. Blaze seems to like going out on trail rides, more than anything else, but both going out and back he hassles me almost the whole time. When Blaze calms down and walks I pat his neck and tell him good boy and give him his head, and it's like that triggers him to misbehave, no amount of good boys and kind behavior will make him stop. So I rode him today for 25 miles, and he probably full on galloped or loped about 5 of those and he was covered in sweat, but that did nothing for his energy level. He came home just as nervous and prancy as we left. The only time he even bothered to listen to me at all was on the way home when I completely lost it after an hour straight of head tossing and trotting in place and started just spinning kicking and jerking his head about as hard as I could. I thought that was about the most juvenile and bad thing I could do, totally losing my temper like I did and taking it out on him. However, after that he actually walked on a loose reign, and when I tried to say good boy and pat him.. he started trotting again and prancing around. So just as a weird idea, when we were close to home I hopped off of him and let him go. I figured he wants to go home so badly he will run home. Instead he walked relatively calmly right next to me or behind me. Same thing with him bolting, when some birds flew up he bolted and I almost fell off backwards and instead of taking off with me dangling half way off of him he listened to me when I had no reigns and stopped... where normally he wouldn't listen to me at all. So... I don't know if he trusts me or not, he seems to in fight or flight situations.. so I can't quite figure out why he wants to give me such a hard time. He's been through a few owners, so I have to imagine this is his personality coming through... he seems to be very snotty and belligerent in the saddle. His previous owner told me he was different with each person that rode him, some people with horrible seats he just liked and would let ride him and some people, even good riders, he would terrorize. That's why they never made him a lesson horse. So I know without seeing the horse this is hard to say, but could this really just be his personality or is this fixable? Blaze has bonded with me and likes me, he just has the "my way or the high way" type attitude with everything he does.