Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
On a horse that has been spoiled, you need to use what ever it takes, so that he becomes un successful in those vises.
Right now he see s humans as walking vending machines, that he can drag around, invade space and refuse to stand when asked to etc.
The not bending issues can be lack of training, or even a physical cause, so you will need to see if there is a pain issues, and if not, then go right back to basics and get some suppleness in his entire body, teaching him how to correctly move off of pressure, whether that be a lead shank , a leg or a rein
Since he has learned that he can drag you to a bale of hay, and you are not going to be able to out muscle him, you have to use something that gives you an advantage.
I would use a stud shank, run under the chin and clipped to the opposite side of that halter,, as in showing a horse in hand.
Teach absolute obedience to 'whoa' on the ground, before expecting him to stand at the mounting block.
Then, expect him to also stand at that block an dnot move until asked to.
Never ride off the minute you mount, as that is what causes many horses to then try and leave the minute they feel a foot in the stirrup. Make him stand there, give his face . Don't always ride straight ahead-back astep or so, to clear the mounting block then do a 1/4 turn on the haunches and ride off. Change it up-the important point is to make him wait on you.