This is more of a discussion I would like to get opinions. I have recently purchased an 8 year old gelding that has not been ridden by anyone that really had any horse knowledge. They were very much controlling the horse with fear. Some examples are they used a correction bit but had extremely rough and heavy hands on the reins. To get the horse to back up was pretty rough to watch. Also they used spurs to get the horse to do pretty much anything. They were scared of the horse and figured to make him fear them more. They would run him for miles to tire him before they would get on him. I saw potential in the horse and thought it would be a great learning experience to work with and try to turn this horse around. So its been two weeks and I've made great progress with the horse but he has his issues. He has great lateral flexion and is gaining confidence in vertical flexion. He will turn his haunches away from me very well. Which is were I have concern. He is having a tough time determining when I want him to move his haunches away and when I'm moving up next to his shoulder. I will continue to improve my body language towards him so not to confuse. However his mentality is to not trust humans. Which I am continuously trying to strengthen our bond. Day two of our training I was bitten twice, kicked in the wrist and he decided to jump over a panel fence when he was put up for the night. How he did it without hurting himself I don't know. The people who saw it said he just backed up ran at the fence and jumped over. I have since then gained some of his trust and respect but as we progress and I ask him to do more and more he tends to test his boundaries.
Although he has good lateral flexion and is supple in his ribs and hind quarters he is very difficult to rein. I believe this is do to him having such an aggressive bit and people riding him who were very pushy and jerky with his mouth. I am using a chris cox snaffle bit that is very gentle on the mouth. Also I am trying to teach him leg cues with correct seat position to transition gaits but do to how much he's had spurs used on him this is proving to be challenging. The horse has a willingness to learn and has come leaps and bonds since day one. Anyway your thoughts, critiques,and questions.