Not even sure if this qualifies as Barn Sour, because he's never in the barn, we do feed near the barn but not in. He's currently alone until we find a good companion, so I am not removing him from friends either. We are only riding on our property. His pasture is 1.5 acres, so I am not removing him from it when I ride. But here's what happens.
I will ride him out, and he does fine, but once we turn back around (doing laps around the property, to build up muscles) he gets antsy, wants to trot towards the barn (where he knows he will be untacked etc). He does it if he's bareback too, or even if I am just leading the kids on him in a halter. It takes him longer when he's not saddled, but he does get fed up after about ten minutes of being led. Yesterday at one point he crow hopped and then gave a little buck. He's also tried to run me into low hanging branches. I make sure he doesn't get away with this and keep riding him until we get a smooth finish.
My question is, is there anything I should be doing other than consistent riding? We've only had him since June and I've ridden a handful of times, but I want to get serious about it now.
I've read about barn sour horses, and I dont think he;s having anxiety for the above reasons... I am not taking him away from anything. Tack shouldn't be an issue either.