Originally Posted by PalominoStarsky
Yeah, we have been doing a lot of lunging. He was very pushy when we got him because the lady who had him was very scared of him since he is so tall and she didn't like big horses. We have almost solved this problem and he leads like a champ now without being pushy. What other things do you recommend other than lunging?
If this is directed to me I don't advocate "lunging" for the sake of lunging. Productive ground work, imo, would be a lot of yielding exercises for one thing. Teaching your horse to yield his hindquarters, forequarters, back, go sideways, basically moving away from pressure. If you are not familiar with this type of ground work you might want to check that out.
If your horse is jumping at his own shadow, IE poop hitting the ground, it sounds like he needs some "let down" time. Keep yourself as calm as possible while doing everyday things with him. Don't react to his reactions. Take him for long walks. Just "DO" stuff while he is attached to you via a long(12' or more) leadrope. Let him figure out that the world isnt' going to eat him.
The amount of Protein in his feed is not the problem. How much hard feed does he get daily and how often? What type of hay/forage is he getting and how much?