I have a gelding, unsure of his age, equine dentist is coming out in the next few weeks, will find out aprox age then. Best guess is somewhere between 8 and 15. He is not a yongster, but still has a lot of fire in his belly. Thing is Kroon was trained (if you can call the local method of breaking a horse to cart training) to pull a cart. Somewhere along the way, he was taught to accept a rider on his back. He is currently being used as a cow pony on the farm, but we are experiencing a lot of small problems with him. Stuff like refusing to stand for mounting, wanting to be mounted from mostly the right side, but then sometimes from the left. Being generally a little hard to handle, not seriously disrespectfull, but hard to catch, hard to bridle. He is very hot under the saddle and sometimes the workers have a hard time. We ride him in a jointed pelham on the curb rein and even then sometimes have trouble stopping/ steering. He also overreaches at faster gaits, clipping his front feet sith his back ones. His previous owner used a liverpool driving bit on him, not sure the smooth side or the other side.
What I want to know, with winter and more work on the horizon, we want to work on his general manners/ responsiveness. I normally use CA's training methods, and was wondering, should I start him over with the colt starting series, or use the respect\ control series on him?