So I am going to be moving back home and am selling my horse, so I want another horse to ride. Right now it looks like all I have for options is an old 20 something draft cross gelding.
He is lovely, and a sweet heart if you give him treats, lol! But if you try to make him work, even just leading him out of the field, he gets pushy and rammy and tries to pull me around by walking fast ahead or turning away from me, just the normal disrespectful stuff. It took me forever to get him to even pick up his feet for me. He has absolute no respect for me or anyone! I tried to get my dad to help me with him, thinking he would respect a big guy but still no luck!
I know he is rideable, we put a saddle on him a while ago in a field and sat on him (not the smartest idea seen as we were in a large field, ) I hope to be able to train him to be a good riding horse, and I know I have to gain a lot of respect on the ground first, lunging, leading, hoof picking up, etc.. But my main question is, can you teach a old horse new tricks? If he has not been consistantly worked with in a LONGGG time, will he be alright to be ridden? He has no lameness problems, he has big solid feet and all.
Does anyone have any helpful tips on how I can work with this horse? Anything would be appreciated! Thank you!