OK so I bought Dozer a little less than a year ago. I bought him fully aware of his issues, his owners were nice and gave me a great deal and they didnt try to hide anything! I use to blame them for his problems because that's what my trainer did. She always said how they trained him bad but really, they trained him how they wanted him and he served his purpose good.
His main problem is running away with me. If he gets bored he makes up an object to spook at and takes off running. He braces his neck so it is close to impossible for me to stop him if he doesn't want to be stopped. I mean I am only 105lbs and he is an 18.2hh draft!
Well, my main issue with my trainer is that she always has a 'quick fix' to stop Dozer's problem. Sometimes it is oh just make him disengage his rear a lot and he wont do it again. Another day it could be flexing his neck then next week its his back up. Well, what is it!? She only does Parelli and that is all she teaches... I dont want to fire her because she is a family friend and I would feel bad. I have trained Dozer more by myself than with her helping me. She is unclear and yells at me when I dont understand... I taught him leg cues and to stay on the rail while in motion then I traded him with my cousin to help her with her horse for one week and everything went away. We are getting it back pretty good now.
So my question, what do I work on with him? His backs are pretty good, most of the time I just lift the reins or wiggle my feet while saying back and he goes willingly. He is kind of lazy but will go if I ask, he stops when I say whoa or lift a rein. What is his problem? How do I keep his mind busy so that he doesn't get bored and run? He is kind of pushy so what do I do for that?
Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this and extra thanks to those who answer!