12-15-2009, 06:06 PM
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I did not clearly understand what you were trying to express throughout the chatroom. I would definitely get the veterinarian to come out and do a thorough examination of him. Sometimes horses tend to act up when they have an underlying problem or complication that is causing them pain. Animals tend to show pain in strange ways, but that could be what he is trying to communicate to you, as the rider. Typically, when a horse "swishes its tail", it is a symbol of annoyance, so you would definitely have to consider that. Stop for a brief moment, and take it in, what could he be annoyed at? Put yourself in his shoes, if we all stop to think before reacting, it will make us better riders as a result.
If the veterinarian cannot find and injury that could result in this, it could be because you are letting him get away with it. My horse used to be really funny like that, he would canter one way PERFECTLY but wouldn't stay on the rail in the opposite direction, it's just a matter of forcing them to do it (unless, of course they have an injury). Use strong aids, you have to teach the horse that YOU are the rider, not the other way around. Keep your leg on him, use your outside rein and your inside leg to guide him on to the rail. Is this horse known to have any vices? Buck? Bite? Kick? Rear?