Hello, I've been lurking on the forum for a while and finally decided that with my new project horse that I needed some help. My friend was giving a 5 year old Morgan/QH stallion that the people that owned him thought it was cute when he did such things as rearing, biting, striking, etc. That is until he hit 1200lbs and was no longer cute. So for the last 3-4 years he has been sitting in a pasture bored out of his mind. I was deployed this summer when my friend got him and she quickly had him gelded and taught him the very basics on ground manners. After I got back, I got him and between her and me, he is learning not to do all the "cute" things but 1) he is still very spooky of people touching him 2) he has a nervous habit of striking the ground with his back hooves 3)he still is pulling back but now he thinks about it and usually comes back to the hitch.
After about a week of work I got his front feet to be able to hold up and work on but if you get close to his butt/back feet he still wants to haunch up and either plant his feet or starts his nervous kicking. He doesn't read like he's doing it to be mean or a jerk. His back feet are not that bad of shape but I'm hoping that I can get them trimmed before winter hits when it may not be possible for the farrier to get up there for a while. I've never worked with a horse that has never has his feet done that is also kick happy. I do have the goal of trying to do it without getting another hoof shaped scar on my thigh. Any suggestions?