|So a good friend of mine had this horse, she got bucked off of him 6 years ago and never got back on. She needed to sell him but, being 11 years old, 15.3h 1400lbs and basically unbroke he was a kill buyers dream, she didnt want to send him to auction, So me being suicidal I offered to take him. I have started a lot of babies and they have been great, but... I havent been too keen on fixing other peoples problems and now I remember why....
We go to load him up, first indicator of stupidity (owners part or the horses i dont know) the horse rears, old owner lets go, horse frolicks off into the sunset.... this happened a few more times until I got pissed and put a lunge rope on him and let him rear (without letting go) while i smacked him in the rear untill he went forward on to the trailer. The horse unloaded fine.
At home I start working him in the round pen, pretty easy, responds well to body language, a little more bold then I like but not too testy. I go to hose him off, Reared straight up at the sight of the hose. this happened a few times... So I fiddled with him for a while and got to the point he was standing while i hosed him and with the hose drapped over his back.
Next day: I go to hose him- Stands straight up, this time I was super ready with my lunge whip and my lunge line so when he went up I whacked his side and he stood perfectly still to be hosed
In the round pen he is doing well, so I put a bit in his mouth and all Hell broke loose! His teeth do need to be done but, knowing there is already a rearing problem I dont think his teeth are the main issue. So once he calmed down from the initial spaz attack I worked on ground driving he was great! then suddenly with no provacation (that I can see) he grabs the bit and starts swinging his head and stands up! I whack his butt and he comes down and is fine for a little while, then he does it again!
In my opinion he is testing me, Hes not afraid because he is perfectly fine with things then he randomly explodes, When he stands up he tries to turn and run from me once he lands like he did with his old owner at the trailer. At this point I'm expecting it so when I work with him hes always attached to a lunge line. Since I have not let him run off after he rears (thanks to the lunge line) He has been rearing less but any rearing is too much.
Thanks in advance!!!