I've owned my thoroughbred for about 9 months. I bought him on the last day of the season last fall, he had raced that day actually. He was a lucky horse, very sturdy, and well taken care of. Wonderful owners.
He's now 7 years old, and at home, I couldn't ask for anything better.
(He's good under saddle, but I'm talking on the ground strictly speaking for the purpose of this post)
At home while leading him he's very calm, head down, not rushing, sweet heart. Respects your space, and never pushy. Took a while to get him there.
He loads like an angel, it's nice, but as soon as you back him off. Which is the easy part of that trip. He turns into a racehorse again. He is running you over, completely disrespecting you, not giving you ANY of his attention, swinging his butt into you. I don't mind him being curious and a little spooky. But it gets out of hand fast. He can't be tied to a trailer at a show, he has to have his own stall because he turns into a dangerous racehorse again.
I never ever let a horse get in my space when I don't want it there, Lesson horse or racehorse, doesn't matter. Whenever he does swing his butt at me when I'm by him he recieves a slap which has been helping I suppose. Yes, he is still a young OTTB, he does need time. I understand this, but I'm curious as to what you guys would suggest.
Also, I am currently training him to lunge, so we do that after we trailer him, it gets him lisening to me for a bit again, but not an incredible help.