I have been working with a 6 year old paint gelding that previously has been someone's pet and spoiled rotten. He had absolutely NO ground manners and was VERY VERY pushy. He is coming along beautifully and has mastered Join-up, lowers his head for haltering, can touch all over, lifts all 4 legs, etc.....
He is still learning his pressure ques on the ground and though he responds well to yeilding to the pressure for lateral movements, now that he has figured out how to move his big ol body around, now he wont stand still! He will ground tie to be saddled, but when it comes to bathing or brushing, he is constantly yielding his hindquarters. If I tie him to do such, he moves until I almost have him "cornered" then stands still and lets me continue.
Is this my error (possibly I didn't have my body positioned correctly while teaching him and so he thinks he's doing the right thing from my body ques) or is this his way of telling me he doesn't want me near his hiney? The previous owner did tell me that he would break in two if you touched his hip or flank area. So I promplty did touching excercises in that area and haven't thus far had any issues until he learned lateral movement on the ground and now wont hold still.
Anyone have any ideas???? Thank you so much!!