Ricky has become an absolute pig! No respect at all whilst on the lunge line. Now, Lauren and I suspect someone has been "training" him when I'm not there.
So today, I attempted to lunge him. I set myself up, stepped to his side and raised my arm. He took 2 steps back and reared! Well I just wasn't going to take that. I slapped him across the chest with the end of the lunge line and made him back a mile. I once again attempted to lunge and he reared AGAIN! So I gave up trying to lunge him and make him walk circles in both directions and in hand trot circles in both directions.
I went and got Lauren to see if he was just being a pig to me, and she attempted to lunge him. Lauren is really good with young horses and he reared on her. She did manage to get I think maybe one good circle out of him but that was it. If you manage to get him onto a circle, he'll turn his shoulder in. And as soon as you flick that shoulder out, he'll rear.
I'm sick of it. My horse was perfect to lunge before. He would walk and trot on the lunge, no problems at all! He'd occasionally turn his shoulder in, but I'd just flick it out and he'd take that. The few times I've asked for a brief canter he has done it ok for a baby.
And he's not in pain. That was the first thing I checked. I checked his legs for swelling, heat, lumps and bumps or any soreness. Nope, nado, nothing! So I move to his head and he's a bit apprehensive but no pain, nothing. So I get Lauren to hold him whilst I check his teeth. Nothing again! He had his teeth done recently, so I know for sure it wasn't that. I checked everywhere!
I know he's been touched. This lady who I suspect thinks she's some sort of horse trainer. And she lets her kids drive the quad bike around and I've seen them chase Ricky with it. She also lets the kids "harass" every horse. I have asked her not to go near Ricky or let the kids near him, but I suspect she has. I have also caught this lady once tying my horse up. Apparently it was so she could clean up his paddock (thats her job to clean up paddocks), but after sneakily looking in the quad bike trailer I saw lungeing equipment.
Now I know I must sound paranoid, but Lauren and I know this horse better than anyone. We work with him everyday, and know his quirks.
So if you've managed to read all through that, then could you please answer these questions?
1) What do I do about his rearing? It is a total lack of respect and it could become a dangerous habit. Would lungeing with a whip be more effective?
2) What should I do about this lady? Should I catch her in the act and then report it to the lady who owns the property?
3)And his fear of being tieing up, I believe it stems from her! How should I teach him to tie properly?
4) What are some techniques I could use if he rears and I don't have a lunge whip?
Thank you so so so much! I really appreciate it.