When I'm riding with friends, my horse has to be glued to their horses. Not right on top of their butts, but if they get too far away, he'll pitch a fit (trying to buck and throw his head down). I can get him back under control, but I don't know how to get him to stop doing it in the first place. I just don't want him getting hurt or hurting someone else.
Also, whenever a friend's horse starts trotting, Victor thinks it's a race. He gets a little too enthusiastic and like to throw in a buck or crow-hop (and frankly, I think he would bolt if he thought he could get away with it). So when I try to hold him back and make him walk, he loses his temper and goes nuts (again with the bucking and dancing around like an idiot). I usually turn him in a couple tight circles, and it straightens him out. But how can I train him to stop doing it altogether?
Also, he rides out alone pretty well. And he'll take the lead with a group, so I don't think it's a nervous thing. I think it's just Thoroughbred quirkiness. But I could be wrong.
Anyway, sorry for the novel. ^^'