I attend a riding school, the horse I ride is Fudge (my namesake) I love him to pieces but he has always been labelled as "difficult".
He doesn't ride very well and will fight to escape the arena, pulling against the bit, tossing his head and will stand at the gate and wait there. He is unpredictable, you'll think all is going well and then he'll surprise you by running you into something or turning sharply and throwing you off.
He is a very determined pony, and will strive to get what he wants, even if it hurts him. Some would call him stupid but I think he is just wilful.
Don't get me wrong, he doesn't always behave like this but he'll surprise you by having an off day.
The riding instructor is on holidays so we're looking after Fudge and one other, he's a bit on the large side so we're exercising him and generally trying to get him to be better behaved.
He's always been a bit mouthy, so thats the first thing I sought to correct, tapping him on the shoulder with the crop whenever he went to bite but he still left a few decent bruises on my arms. My hope was to stop the mouthiness dead in it's tracks before it could manifest into full on aggressiveness.
He's been getting progressively worse all week, he's very, very strong for such a small pony and knows how to use his strength so when trying to lead him out of the paddock this morning he pulled against the lead, he's never been the best at leading but it became full on tug of war until I was dragging behind and he was trotting away.
My mother gave it a shot, but he pulled away from her too, even taking a flying kick at her head when she wouldn't give up (it might have just been a pigroot but I'm unsure). Also, lately if I even go near him he'll pin his ears and take a nip at me.
Do you think its because he knows that I'll take him away from his nice safe paddock?
It's become progressively worse and worse, is it because I'm working him too hard (He only really gets ridden once or twice a week)?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, he's great to ride once you bypass the difficulties and I would love to be able to help him!