Lunging For Respect - crowding & biting
So I have had my gelding about 2 months now, he is 5. We have been working on ground work, I have been following the CA method. He is beautiful free lunging in the round pen, quick turns of direction 95% to the inside (if it isn't, it is usually my error) quick departures all that. So we moved onto yielding hindquarters, also picked it up quickly. He is a little slower with yielding his forequarter mostly because I don't think I'm very good as getting myself in the right position for it, but we have been doing much better. We do desensitization and he doesn't spoke at the stick (or spook at anything really... he is amazing on the trail) on either side or in front.
We started Lunging for respect with his lead rope and he fights SO MUCH. I'm not sure what it is, he will go once around maybe and when I ask him to stop and turn directions he just backs up and basically glares at me. I ask him with pointing, then click, then stick and then bump on his neck and increase the pressure. He starts moving off and we go for a little while again and then I ask him to yield and face me, which he does, but same fight getting him to move his feet again. Sometimes he will move off, but makes a stink face and starts to crowd me like he wants to bite me. I push his face away and then he stops moving forward and then the whole thing starts over again. I had a friend come and help me, she stood to the side behind me with the stick so she could really move his hind end and body away and out which worked well and he finally got the idea of what to do. So we work on it for a few days straight (for maybe 15 min at a time) gradually removing my 2nd helper and he was good for about a week or so, until a few days ago. He reverted completely, fighting again and this time he bit me >.< hard enough for it to leave a NASTY mark.
I'm not sure how to move forward, I don't want to keep fighting with him, (he knows how to do it since he will track both ways for the first few times and then shuts down) but I know with him trying to crowd me he doesn't respect my space at all and I can't keep a second person with me all the time to just work on his lunging. Just wondering if anyone had suggestions, I am going to talk to my previous trainer whom I took lessons from as well. He doesn't have the best attitude with other things also sometimes, like he use to kick out a lot when I first started riding him we have worked through it, but he still kicks out sometimes. Yesterday I got on him bareback and he started rounding his back and acting like he was going to kick out. I have had him checked by a couple vets, a chiropractor, got his feet checked, everything so I don't think it is from pain, I think my pony has a bad attitude about things. I also spoke with his previous owner and she did say he kicked out a bit with her under saddle as well, WHICH she didn't tell me of course when I went to buy him, so yay.