Today's work (Oct 23): After a long journey into the fields to find my horses, I bridled and halterd Murray, had my little brother hold him, while I went and got Archy. Well, after catching Arch, he decided that since his head was not halterd (I was preparing his bridle), he marched off, dragging me on my feet a good 2 yards by his lead rope (his halter was attatched to his neck at the time). After telling him to whoa and stop, I marched him right back to the spot I had him, firmly told him no and put on his bridle. Then we took the horses back towards the barn. After awhile, I wanted to see how he would be if I got on him. So I positoned him by a big rock, my parents were near by so my mom helped me hold his position and I got on. He walked a few good meters before tossing his head and backing up. I tried calling to him to stop, gave him his head and kicked him forwards but ended up emergency dismounting him. Then we continued onto the barn. Once at the hitch post, tied both horses and began grooming them. Archy in the end got cranky, continued to paw the ground and kicking his back leg out and being pushy with me. So I untied him, led him around and made him back up a good 2 yards before stopping and praising him. Did this a few times then went back to tie him up. He stood nicely for the last 12-20 minutes before I decided to turn my guys out. Once untied, he was pushing ahead of me and trying to pull me. I pushed him back a few steps before he stopped and let me move with him.
So far today: He dragged me by his lead, he started backing up and not responding to my cues, he continued to paw the ground and kick out after I corrected him each time, he tried to push past me before turn out.
Boarder friend Carla suggested that when backing him up, continue backing up and stop when YOU want to stop, not him. She had the same thing with a mare years ago and this trick worked with her alot when her mare refused her forward cues.
Any tips or tricks for him? Thanks everyone. His info is below:
Standard x Appy
15 1/2 hh
12 years old
Far as I know from the preivous owner, he hasn't not been used in 5 years that she's owned him, but her friend who owned him before used him.