I got a 12 year old 15.3HH 3/4 quarter horse 1/4 percheron for Christmas and he needs quite a bit of work. He's only been at the barn I board him at for about a week and a half and he's adjusting pretty well, for the most part. I've only been doing some ground work with him (walking and trotting+commands) because he foundered a few months ago and is at the very end of the healing process, but did not want to push him because he's at a new home.
He's been in cross ties about 4 or 5 times since he's been home and he's still acting like an idiot. This is my first horse and I'm not really sure what to do. I have a trainer I take lessons from who helps me, but I only see her on Tuesday's and I obviously get out there almost every single day, so not knowing what to do isn't really helping me. We used the chain on his nose and snapped it every time he tried to paw, but he just kept going and going and going and I was getting more irritated. He just will not stand still. He's very pushy with me and I'm trying to make him realize that I'm the boss, but so far it isn't really working. Help?
OH and something I almost forgot about, he doesn't like his feet being picked up. When I put my hand and squeeze, he never picks up, so I lean into him a bit, which then he yanks his hoof away from me and steps in the opposite direction so I have no way of holding onto it. If he doesn't do that, he just tries to push it back down and I yank it up. I've got him to pick his front feet up maybe once or twice and haven't even tried the back yet.
Ugh, it's just really frustrating.