I am 18 years old and I have riden and owned horses since I was 5. My first horse at the age of 6 was an 18 year old Appaloosa mare named Pepper. She was, of course, bomb proof. Since then I have riden some very crazy horses. A lady that I have known since I was 6 years old trains horses as a job. Up until recently I would go out to her house every week and help her train the horses. She was very into Parelli and she practiced that with all her horses. I, unfortunately, never learned it. She would do all the ground work with them and I would be rider. I helped her start most of the horses that she owned so I became a pretty good rider. She gave me a 4 year old registered Quarter Horse. I've had him since march of this year and at that time he had only been riden a hand full of times. About a month and a half ago I moved him off of her property due to thrush and him dropping weight. Since moving him, he has put on a bunch of weight and the thrush has cleared up. I am very happy with my decision to move him except for one thing..I have never trained a horse on my own before and I think I need some help on some things.
I ride him everyday now for at least an hour. He is doing great. At first, he would buck during the canter. That was fixed with a bucking strap. He has bucked a few times since then but, he only does it once and then he stops. I walk, trot, canter him in a round pen before I ride him each time. We also do some work herding cows out where he is being kept now. We just walk or trot up behind them to herd them out of the pasture where we ride. I do have a few problems though. First, he is extremely barn sour. He is currently on 15 acres. The acres are divided up into 4 pastures which are all positioned around the barn. He always wants to turn from where ever we're riding and go back to the barn. It worries me because when we canter in the direction of the barn he doesn't want to stop. Even when I try to one rein stop him he fights me and trys running anyway. I have to pull his head almost to my knee to get him to stop. How can I fix the barn sourness? I would like to feel comfortable riding him anywhere without having to worry about him bolting to the barn. It is seriously constantly on his mind.
Next, seeing as I left his trainers place for the health of my horse..I didn't fully learn everything about finishing him. He will walk, trot, canter, stop, stand, and is starting to pick up neck reining but, I don't know how to teach him to lead change and side pass. Could anyone give me some advice on how to get him to do these things?
Thanks to anyone who can help.