Originally Posted by Philjen811
Hello all I'm new to the forum and my wife and I own a 9 yr old TWH gelding. He does great in the riding ring and obeys the commands I give him. We mainly have rode him in the riding ring since we got him about 6 months ago. I am a confident beginner rider and still learning a lot each riding session. My wife on the other hand is an experienced rider who is just getting back into horses and is a little fearful of Smokey's behavior at times. I have recently been wanting to ride him in the pasture since he's been doing so good in the riding ring but we are have problems with this task. I've tried a few different things like ride him straight from the ring to the pasture, walk him to a point in the pasture then get on him but still get the same results. He continuously backs up shakes his head and tries to go directly back to the barn. I've tried to take him in tight circles, kicks of encouragement, getting off walking a bit then getting back on. I know I'm probably doing some things wrong as I've said I'm just a beginner rider but I do believe that Smokey and I can conquer his fear together. He shows no signs of aggressiveness with these fits just small bucks it seams like fear and anxiety to me. I don't get nervous or angry and often times I will just stop him and encourage him but as soon as I command him to move forward he freaks out. If anyone can help give me some tips or advice I would greatly appreciate it thanks a lot in advance.
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Welcome to the forum!!
To me it doesn't sound like a fear problem at all, he just doesn't want to go out by himself and so he's acting out.
Do you do any ground work with him at all, it really helps to gain the horses respect and teaches him to trust you as the leader. I would look at doing ground work with him and get him listening/respecting you as his leader.....with you being a beginner I would be careful, the fact that he's throwing his head around and probably dancing around I would be leary of him bolting back or bucking on you.....try some ground work first before you try to ride him out in the pasture....