Spooky young horse - has bucked me off twice now
So at the moment I have a 7 year old horse on trial from a guy at work. I initially posted a question regarding this horses rear right leg which is quite pigeon toed but does not seem to affect him at all. Had issues loading photos of his leg so gave up on that one and decided I would just get a vet check if I decided to buy him. My problem now is that I have had him for about 3 weeks and have bonded with him a lot but he is young and rather spooky. Not a lot is known about his past as his current owner was landed with him over the winter about 6 months ago due to lack of grazing and the previous owner didnt want him back when spring came. He has been quiet as a lamb on the treks I have done with his new owner and gone really well. But over the last week he has bucked me off twice when riding with my neighbour. I wasnt hurt apart from bumps and bruises and it hasnt stopped me from getting back on him. To be honest my riding level is probably not up to what he needs at this young age but if I dont take him then his owner is going to send him to the meat works as he has 3 horses and no use for him. I definitely dont want to buy a horse because I feel sorry for it, but its hard once you've become attached! Today I brought a stronger bit and some magnesium as he is on much richer longer grass at my place. The bit definitely helped today as he went to buck and I was able to pull his head around and stop him. Any ideas on work I can do with him to help with the spookiness and ways to assert myself? I am definitely much softer on him than his owner who uses his horses for pig hunting only, no pats - they do their job and thats it. Sorry for the long winded story, I wondered if putting him somewhere with less grass would help? At the moment the grass is up around his knees. Thanks everyone for any helpful info you can offer. Oh yeah, and no idea what set him off the first time but the last buck happened when I was leaving my neighbours to ride home. He wasnt keen to leave and then my neighbour started cantering back up to her yard behind us so he spun around and started bucking, once he got me off he ran up to join her horse so I think was a case of 'I dont want to do what I'm being told'.