His problems on the ground. He panicks whenever he's tied and will not stand to be saddled. He pivots, rears, tosses his weight around. Now sure, you put him in cross ties you can get a saddle on him, and once the saddles on he's perfect, but how can you have a trail horse to cant tie anywhere? What do you do if you had to dismount on the trail and he freaks out and you cant get back on?
Dont get me wrong, this horse is a sweety, and very polite in the pasture, he just needs major work on his groundwork. Once he goes into panick mode it take a long time to calm him back down. My friend doesn't have anytime to work with him and has considered selling him a few times. Shes told me that if I think I can work with him, I can have him.
If anyone knows how I can work with him, please let me know. This horse has a ton of potential and I hate to see it wasted.
This is exactly why I always get the groundwork to the best that I can before I mount. I would suggest the same for you.
YES you can work with him, but it will probably require some retraining. If my guess is correct, the horse is good most of the time. My aunt had a mare like this, someone completely skipped the ground training. Gotta be careful, I was riding said mare, my stirrup broke, and she reared me off because she had not been desensitized or taught how to handle her fear.
Don't ride for a while, but work on just groundwork. Look at this thread for some sound advice 4 month old Help!
I would start from square 1. I had to do this with my gelding too, back when I bought him in April. He'd freak until you got a saddle on, then ride great. I stopped riding him and fixed his problems. Then I started riding again. It took me 2 months just to fix his holes. But it is definitely possible to do. My horse used to freak, run through lead ropes, and bite. He does none of those now and stands like a champ. It is very possible to turn the horse around.
The first thing I would teach him is basic respect on the ground, then move on to handling fear, then progress to lunging, picking up feet, haltering, leading well, go over all the basics to make sure there are no holes in his training. Then teach him to stand tied, sack him out, bridle him, teach him to flex, bend, and move off pressure on the ground. THEN ride him, and teach him the same things from the saddle.