My 9 year old cob gelding who is normally fairly quiet and calm, fine to ride and only a bit strong on the ground is throwing himself around galloping all over the place and seems to have no respect for me or my family.
So two weeks ago on a hack he spooked when I got off him too close a gate. When I caught up with him, he was jumpy and when I tried to catch him he went a bit crazy, jumping around, and ended up kicking me (never done before with me or previous owners) I put it down to him being scared. Anyway what with injury was unable to ride for past two week so he had just had ground excercise in his field.
When I then started riding him in the field again he was jumpy and kept running back to the gate. So after a ride round the field when he bucked twice (again ner done before) thought instead I'd take him out, thinking he was bored, what with only being being in the field for a couple of weeks.
I live in wales and the path down to the road is steep an rocky so I don't normal ride him down, and though he can be strong the ground I have a minty Roberts dually headcollar so it's not normally a problem but when I went to walk him down he went crazy because I wouldn't let him eat the grass, jumped about kicked out and ran away, and kept running away when I tried to get him, had to get my dad to get him back.
Why is he doing this? Lack of excercise? Boredom? Too used to having his own way from time out from being ridden?
It's even affecting grooming and picking out his feet, he bites stomps and stamp his feet, and wanders off, thugs he was really good for before.
What's wrong and what can I do to change it?
Sorry this is long winded but I don't want to gives up on what was a really god horse.