Could people give me ideas and their experience with working with a tall horse who's evasion of choice is to put his head in the air and refuse.
He is a 9 year old 16.1 very solid thoroughbred. I got him on Saturday and put him straight in with the other horses to settle down a little. Sunday I went to pull him out of the paddock as the farrier was there to trim his extremely over gown feet.
When I asked him to lead down the runway he immediately put his head in the air and started pulling me back towards the paddock. He is far to big for me to win any tug of war games, so I tried to coax him down. Again any step he took forward once he relaxed his head was then meet with resistance of throwing his head in the air and dragging me back again.
After a few minutes of this and reluctant to let him win I turned him around and backed him down the run way about 5 meters. When he relaxed I attempted to turn him to walk normally. No luck again with the head in the air and trying to drag me back to the paddock. So I again turned him and backed him down the run way. That time when I turned him he walked normally relaxed and calm.
However once in the yard he was acting very spookish and would throw his head in the air and try to pull back on the lead with the farrier. The farrier comment that he isn't spookish that he is putting it on.
I feel like this boy uses this as his method to get out of doing what you want him to do. I almost feel like I need to somehow take it out of the equation so he can no long use this evasion on me. Any thoughts and or experiences would be appreciated.