I don't know if it's the weather or Blaze getting back to a healthy weight or what, but he's been a monster 2 out of the last 3 times I've been out. I didn't ride him all last week, because we found a stray puppy and it was all I could do to just get out and feed him every night.
I went out on Saturday during the day, and yes, we were having bad weather, a good bit of windy snow. I didn't want to do anything nuts with him, literally just walk him around. He was crazy. I brought him in to the barn, and he kept trying to rear up while tied and dancing all around. As that progressed, it got to the point where all I wanted to do was get a saddle and bridle on. I got the saddle on, but any time I brought the bridle near his head, he'd toss it violently and dance around. I eventually took the saddle off, lef him outside to show him there was nothing terrifying out there, and tried to bridle him again. Same thing, head tossing and moving. I finally got him to accept the bit, but not until after 15 attempts. I have to say, my patience was pretty thin I hopped on and rode him bareback for a few minutes, just so he knew he couldn't get away with being a butthead.
I rode him in great weather on Sunday, and even tho he was actually speedy stinker under saddle, he was sweet and attentive on the ground.
Tonight, it was doing some freezing rain on the barn, and he was a nut. I usually bring him in and feed him in an empty stall, and he kept pacing back and forth, keeping his head held high and neighing. After he finished eating, he was pacing and pawing, and as I opened the door to come in, asking him to back up, he basically rushed over me into the open area of the barn. I eventually got him to stand still long enough to get his halter and lead on, asked him to do a little groundwork like backing up and following me (which he did fine), but he was still very distracted and nervous.
I understand that weather can have an effect on horses and their nerves. They're prey animals, I get that. But I can't have this giant horse trying to run me over because he's scared, dancing over into me, and practically popping his head into my face to avoid the bridle. Tips, groundwork suggestions, advice WELCOME. I also need tips on keeping a cool head, as I get angry when it seems like he's not paying attention, and I don't like smacking him and yelling, which honestly is what I'm been doing. Should I be carrying a whip with me when he's acting all freaked out? That seems counter productive.