wont stop pawing & reared at me
ok so I have two issues with one horse, the first is..
I put a post up a couple of days ago about my horse who constantly paws the ground.. since that post I have had the vet out and ruled out any pain issues, parisites etc.the vet couldnt shed anymore light on it. I have also bought him a giant octagon shaped thing he can play with and he showed interest but didnt stop the pawing. He's a three yr old shire who I bought last week. He's in training and getting excersized every day and is out all day then stabled at night. Last night I got about 2 hours sleep (the stable is right beside the house) and my patiance is wearing thin. He paws in the stable, he paws in the field but not as much, and he paws on the lead rope, in which case a gentle tap on the chest and a 'no' stop it no problem. But obviously im not getting up at 2,3,4am to give gentle tap. Someone has suggested 'hobbles' but not 100% on what they are..anyone know exactly how they work? Any ideas on why he's doing it and how to stop it are greatly appriciated.
The second issue... now this only happened once..
I was leading him across the yard and he was perfectly calm then with no warning he reared straight on top of me and turned and kicked. I let him stand for a minute, not knowing why he did it and a little confused as he normally has perfect manners, I thought something might have spooked him, I tried to walk him on again and he walked about 10 yards then saw the dog and lunged straight at her and started rearing and kicking again,( this horse has had dogs under its feet since it got here and never had a problem before, even letting my spanial sleep in her stall one night.) so I told the dogs to scram, and they did, thinking mabey he just took a sudden dislike, he calms down so we walk another 20 yrds into the field and he does it again. Just reared straight on top of me and I dodged his hooves by inches. Each time he reared he made a wierd squeeling sort of noise. A got him to the round pen and walked in and he reared again, straight at me and this time I pulled the rope through the halter and had him running before his feet hit the ground. I worked him hard for 40 minutes and by the end of it he was obviously calmed down and walked over to me and followed me round 'join up style'. He has only been here nearly two weeks now, but has never done anything like this, it was so aggessive. He's perfectly calm now so much so you wouldnt even think he was capable of it. The problem is I don't know why he did it or if its likely to happen again. Any thoughts on this welcome..