Yearling Lead issues
I am looking for some advice on how to handle my yearling. He is a great boy normally, I can brush him, pick up his feet, play with his ears, nose,mouth, spray his mane and tail with a spray bottle, and we are working on clippers now! He even runs to me and stands when I go to catch him in the pasture! He USED to lead like a champ too, he hardly ever acted out.
In the last couple of weeks he has been acting out on the lead, to the point now where I'm nervous to lead him outside in fear of him getting away from me, he is very large and strong. I will be leading him fine and then it's like he gets scared, even though we walk by the same things every day just going to and from the barn, he will jump out and face me. I started with just calmly saying, "it's ok" thinking he's scared, and then regathering the lead and continuing on our walk, but now he does it more often! So then I tried yelling NO and pulling down on the lead when he did it, but he seemed to get worse with that also, so then I tried to yell NO and when he backed up making him continue to back and pull down on the lead, but now he's a monster and that's when he tried to get away from me and the other day even kicked out at me, I am just frustrated at this point and don't want to lose his trust and respect that we did have established. Once I get him in the barn he is typically fine, will let me still brush him and pick his feet up, put his blanket on and all! I don't know if he has way more energy now that he's out on pasture, or is disrespecting me in front of the other horses he sees outside, or what his deal is but I need help! I want to know what to do when he acts out. He also tends to push into me when I'm leading him.
Last edited by KaylaK; 05-06-2014 at 11:13 AM.
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