Background info: First I want to say that my horse is 14 years old, never been on trails. His past includes being trained as a show horse, but he didn't place well so became a pasture puff due to his bad habits. When I found a trainer I liked a few months ago (back in September) she helped me get him back in shape and rid him of his problems (he was a nervous wreck pooping everywhere). Anyway, he's doing much better, but I want to eventually try endurance riding, so I've started taking him out of the fence and arena. We started walking around just on the road very close to home, and then further across the street and now we are going a little further. Two or three weeks ago he didn't want to go out and was acting up, (trying to trot, etc) so I just walked in a circle for a long time bending him and stopping, etc. We did that for a long time, then headed home. He didn't want to walk so he started bucking because I wouldn't allow him to trot. After he was finished I gave him a little kick in the side, then we continued home and he was fine.
Story: Well, just now (today) we were around the same area, and he started speed walking and really moving out like he does when he's nervous. I kept whoaing him and circling, but again he began to buck. I was a little nervous because I had hurt my ankle earlier today, so it took me awhile before I safely dismounted, not wanting to land on my bad ankle. I took the reins and yanked on them and yelled in his face that he was never to do that again while he backed up away from me. I continued down the trail on foot, because I thought going home would be a reward for him. When we got back home I trotted him around and finally went in.
Anyway, my question is, was this an okay thing to do? Is there anything I can do to try to prevent this behavior or improve what I'm doing? I don't want him to think it's okay to start bucking like that, even if he is nervous to be out. I'm also a "beginner" rider...at least that's what I'd consider myself. I have had horses my whole life, but I've never ridden this much and learned this quickly, so my experience is pretty limited. I hadn't ridden much for maybe three years until September of last year. I also haven't had any experience with bucking until now, though I have fallen a few times years ago.
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