Does anyone else's horse act completely different on the trail depending on whether they trailered somewhere versus riding off their own property?
My gelding is phenomenal either way, but he is a little bit testy when we ride off the property. Not sure if this is just a touch of barn sour attitude, or if it is fairly common. It is nothing unmanagable, a little jig here, mini-spook there and a bit of calling back to home.
I tried a new plan today, I rode out one direction onto BLM and made him walk quietly back after going about 30 minutes. When we got home I trotted him around the property, then did a jog up the road the other direction (the road has a nice big shoulder and soft sand). Then I walked him back, did one more trot lap around the field then put him up. I am hoping he learns not to rush home, just like he knows not to rush back to the trailer.
How do you handle slightly rushy, barn sour horses?