I had a riding pony that used to do the same, as soon as he got a new rider off he went, or if he got bored. I called them "rocking horse rears" but its way more intimidating on a big horse not to mention a thoroughbred! Tb's are so hard wired I find them so high matinence, they need so much change so they dont go sour but have melt downs when there routine is changed... Ahhhh the joys! That was good about his trail. Ive had to do that with so many show hacks, just take them out and let them look and be a horse. I know the feeling of dreading lessons, back when i had issues with my galloway i used to dread doing anything on him! Thats good though your enjoying him again though, its supposed to be fun. I think what you said is right his learning he doesnt have it over you!
Haha yep it took me forever to figure it out. Its part of his way to kind of put it over you and they are only small rears. After a couple he soon realises they're more work then simply doing as I ask. I think he also gets bored in the paddock. We took him out on a trail recently and he was actually very forward, didn't offer to play up once.
Just a few months ago I dreaded lessons on Apache now I have gotten my confidence back and I have started to ride him again over the last month. I was a complete beginner when I first got him bad mix hehe.
Delightful, that would be hard! Good for you sticking with him! I dont think i know a tb that rears to get "out" of work! A lazy TB wow! I know the feeling of trying to get them to behave though. I beleive their just like tolders, you say dont and of course they do. You guys are a good team!
Yes I think that would have been an interesting sight. At the moment I am simply trying to get him fit and to behave when being ridden. Just in case you don't know he rears to avoid work he is the laziest horse I know. He has tried nearly everything to avoid work but rearing seems to be his favourite. He is a jerk but he's my jerk :)