Right those following Reeco's progress will know he has been one of the most difficult horses I've ever come accross (and that is saying something since I normaly deal with abused horsess).
Reeco is now at the point where he can be ridden in walk trot and canter an has been shown several times under saddle with success.
HOWEVER once the saddle and rider are onboard NOONE can touch him anywhere behind my leg. If you do (as my mother found out when she went to clean some poo off a white sock) he will bolt.
I can do anything on the floor with him, poke him prod him, plastic bags all over him and he doesnt flicker.
I can do the same with the saddle on. He doesnt move at all and is quite happy to let me touch anywhere with anything.
HOWEVER once the rider is on he freaks if anything comes near him behind the riders leg. In front of the leg is fair game and his is quite happy with it.
I also cannot carry a cane of any form with him (which Idealy I do need to do).
So has anyone got any ideas on fixing this issue (an it is an issue that I simply cannot ignore as he does it if it rains on his bottom as well) without putting a rider in danger?
I've been told to get him on the lunge with a rider on him and provoke a reaction, then just ride it out and teach him it wont get him anywhere. However, that is very risky for the rider (likely to be me) and runs the risk of him bolting blind through a fence or into a wall so I am looking for safer options!