I'm new to this forum, and I've been seeking some advice about training my horse.
A little bit of info... I'm 20 years old, I've had a little bit of experience, but nothing consistent. I recieved my boy in the end of Feb, this year, for free from this really sweet lady who got him from a rescue for her 16 year old son who was completely uninterested. I worked with him for a few weeks before taking him "home". I put him directly in with a trainer at my stable, but only for 30 days to "work out the kinks" and give me a little direction. I got enough training, but I feel like a lot of ground work was... over looked. After having him for about 8 months, I've learned to live with his behaviors, and I can safely ride him, but theres still some things I would like to learn how to improve. Oh, and by the way, he's a 16.2 hand, 11 year old, Warmblood x Morgan who has an abuse history and apparently a prior hunter/jumper.
So, my issues include...
When I tie him, for saddling, grooming, or anything... he is just completely fidgety! He moves a lot, fiddles with the lead rope, sometimes scoots his front hoof across the ground (although I stop at him every time he does it and he usually stops. This has gotten less frequent and less frequent), paces side to side. The guy just doesn't sit still. I've tried backing him up when he does this, or giving him a slight smack on the behind, but none of it really seems to work. I've really strayed away from any sort of hitting or violence, because I really don't believe in it. I always feel bad, even after a smack from a small girl like me. I'm wondering what I can do to improve this behavior, so that he can tie and be statue like and easier to maintain.
My other concern, also with tying, involves picking his feet. Every time I pick up his back left hoof, he always gets really tense, pulls it up really high, then almost "falls", catches himself with that foot. Then, he lifts up his other hind leg, and sometimes has done a little "fake" kick. It's really frustrating. I've tried going slower with him, holding it in another place, and what not. I'm wondering what advice you guys might have?
I'm sure there a few more things here and there that he does, but I'd really like to make progress on these two things. Please let me know if you have any input! And thank you, even if you don't respond!