I bought a 8-10 year old bay gelding QH cross about two months ago. He was sold to me as a kids horse (for my daughter) and is very sweet. He doesn't spook easily, but he acts as if he's had little to no training. He was owned by a cowboy who supposedly used him for work.
When he arrived at the barn and were saddling him, the horse acted as if he'd never been saddled before. He was a bit jumpy but we pegged that as his newness at the barn. Once we began lunging with the saddle it was revealed that this horse had never probably been saddled before as he bucked when going from a trot to a canter. We started from square one.
My daughter has worked hard to teach this horse to lunge and is usually obedient, as he loves her very much. Just recently he's turned back to his old ways of not listening and doing what HE wants to do. He now refuses to 'whoa' and kicks his back leg out at her when she attempts to push him into a canter. He is only on a 12-8 pellet.
Anyone else have this problem? My daughter is so discouraged that she has a horse she cannot ride. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.