Anyhoo, here is a little of his past so you may be able to see where he is coming from. He was bred by the guy that we bought him from. When he was born, the guy was heavily into showing and his intent was for him to be a dressage horse. As much as he hasnt looked after his horses over the last 12 months, prior to that he was heavily involved with them.
When jarred was 4, he was leased out to a breeder friend of the guys to be a stud stallion. He did that until he was 5. The guy got him back and started breaking him in. This all went well. Have seem videos of them breaking him in and how he was after and he was really nice.
After he was broken, the guy gave him 6 months off as his theory is that when youngens are broken in, they should have some time off. By the time he had had his time off, he was a little over 6. He was ridden for a while but only doing minimal hacking and the odd ride off the property. This continued for about 8 months until a new farrier was used and he cut his hooves to short and he ended up quite lame in his near front and off back feet.
This was the last time he was ridden. (sighs and ponders the next few months lol) anyhoo, since then he has basically been left to his own devices other than the odd feed by his owner (we were feeding him every day but don't tell anyone *sshhhh* :))
I believe that because he has had very little guidance, he doesnt know his bounds and what is allowed and what isnt. For example, apparently its perfectly acceptable to turn your bum on your mum when she tries to brush you, feed you, clean your hooves or talk to you. It is also acceptable to swish mum with your 10kg tail anytime she tries to pat you anywhere that isnt your head.
I understand he is quite nervy obviously as he also likes to completely examine the brush if its one of those occasions where he may, just may let you brush him.
The hardest part is that he doesnt kick, put his ears back or show any signs of aggression. He just turns his bum at you as if to say "see this butt?? I can kick with it you know."
Time and patience is needed yes, but iwas wondering if there are any little things I can do to maybe start ridding him of those not so nice habits.
I am going to do natural horsemanship with him once the flu is over but that could be 6 months yet. Any little tricks of the trade regarding nervous, neglected but not psycho horses, would be appreciated. In all my years dealing with horses, I have always managed to get nice, mannered horses and havent really had to deal with emotional issues.
Thanks in advance