So little background information I just started half leasing a 9 year old green appendix gelding starting May 1 and his name is Earl. He used to pull maple syrup carts in Quebec and he came to my barn in March. He is now becoming a hunter/jumper horse! He’s only been jumping since he came to my barn and doing quite well he’s doing 2’ sometimes 2’3” right now.
His past owners let him get away with a lot of bad behaviour and now he has some quirks and bad habits. Example just last week in a practice ride he kept putting his head down I thought he was just going to scratch his leg because there were mosquitoes out but then next thing I know I’m on the ground and he’s on the ground rolling, I didn’t have time to pull him up because I didn’t know what he was doing as he’s never done this before. Someone that works at my barn saw this and corrected this bad behaviour
A huge ongoing bad habit for him is turning into the middle in the ring. At first he was really bad with this and have tantrums when he wasn’t getting his way because he got away with this previously. He’s good with going into corners in walk and trot now I just have to get on top of him from the very beginning of our ride. However in canter I have never been able to get him around the ring in canter. I am pulling on outside reign and squeezing with inside leg but he just uses all his force and pulls me into the middle then gallops to the other side of the ring. Im getting so frustrated of it when I’m trying and he’s not listening it happened so many times today. I don’t know what to do it’s getting very frustrating and I just want to be on the same page as him and work with him instead of against him constantly.