A lovely horse I'm riding atm has starting throwing some serious tantrums. Everything physical is fine and I know it is all just temper.
For example out hacking I made him wait on the verge for a car he didn't want to so went up, I smacked him behind the leg and he went forward with a buck. That was fine I let him go forward for a little bit then brought him back to walk and made him halt until I was happy then walked on this time without issue. Later on in hack he throws a bigger tantrum because he didn't want to go through a puddle (couldn't go round) this involved fly bucking, rearing, plunging and just general being an idiot. I unfortunatly had to get off lead him through then got back on and made him walk back through puddle twice before I let him carry on with hack.
In the school he's quite happy to plod along on a loose rein but when you pick him up and start asking for work he really throws his toys out the pram. The involves fly bucking, broncing, the odd rear and just bombing round the school. He'll do this for about 10mins then he does the most beautiful work for the rest of the session. When he misbehaves in the school I just sit still and pretend he's not doing it and continue to ask him to work into the contact. I ask by holding a light contact and pushing him into it. No black and decker sawing. When he goes up I will smack him but when he's bucking and being an idiot I just keep pushing into the contact until eventually he behaves.
On the ground he has a similar temper he bites which I reprimand but it doesn't seem to work. The other day he bit me whilst untacking and I smacked him with the girth and he hasn't bit me since so I think that has done the trick. If he's in his stable and doesn't want to be he rears over the door and if he's out and wants to come in he jumps the fence (bloody huge fence) and brings himself in. If he runs out of food (doesn't happen often as is on adlib) he goes nuts.
I just need tips on dealing with him, I really think that once he respects me on the ground he will be better to ride but I don't want to stop riding as I think some of the issue is lack of work. How would you deal with this horse? He doesn't frighten me it's just frustrating because he is mega talented he just has huge temper.
On the bright side my lovely 14.2 dressage pony is being amazing! I love him!!