Working with Barn Sour
Today, I decided to go riding on my own (both my first time by myself and also the horse's first time).
I left the house but after a while, he started throwing his head. He'd stop, back up and swing his body around towards home.
When he'd back up, I'd lean forward, click and squeeze, but his body would tense and it felt like he was preparing to buck, so I'd turn him but he'd stop turning after a while and just tuck his head to the side.
After a lot of fighting, I managed to get a good distance but we got to one point and he would just not go farther! I got nervous as well because we were next to a canal and falling into it was the last thing I ever want to happen (it's near impossible to get out). I managed to get him to go a few feet past the point where he kept stopping, and then I headed back home.
On the way, I would turn him and go back in the opposite direction (from home), then turn and head home, and then do it over again. Once I got to the driveway, we walked past it and continued down the other way.
Still, every now and then, he'd stop, try to buck or back up, and it was a battle just to get going again! I'm afraid my nervousness made him uncomfortable as well... I felt like he couldn't trust me completely. :(
Any advice would be very much appreciated! Thanks for reading!