Originally Posted by Ella Elizabeth
Is this normal when they have been brought into a winter routine? What can I do to get him back to his normal calm self?!
A horse pushing and shoving you around is never normal under correct training circumstances. I hear this all the time. Something changes and owners try to figure out what the problem was. Well, even if it is the fact that it's winter and his schedule has changed, it's still going to be winter. So all you can do is change your way of handling him because a solid trusting, respectful horse wouldn't have this much of an attitude change in the first place merely due to some colder weather. It's the handling that led up to the change that made him believe he could get away with the behavior in the first place.
So what do you do? Work with him. Show him you mean business and that you can move his feet when/how you want but that he sure as heck can't move yours around. Basic things such as perfecting leading, backing, side passes, pivots, anything that's going to get his attention for used on you (and no, this doesn't include fast lunge work to try to tire the slick outta him, it won't work that way)
Just change your attitude around him to tell him that this stuff won't fly. Once he sees you as someone he can respect, he will give it to you, but you must earn it.