So here is my situation…
my mom bought a 9 year old paint gelding who was on the slow and lazy side. About 2 weeks after we got him I noticed he looked stiff so I brought it up to my mom and sister. My sister said he was just stiff from not being turned out at his previous home. So a few more weeks go by and I’m telling both of them that he’s totally lame. Vet checks him and he has ring bone in both front!!!:mad:
So fast forward and he isn’t being ridden, just turned out daily. About 2 weeks ago he started facing his butt towards me when I’d go in there to muck his stall and ever so slowly backing up. I was shocked!! I poke him with the wood end of the manure fork. Nothing, doesn’t faze him. I understand that this is a HUGE sign of disrespect and he sees me as a very lesser being. I asked my mom what to do because he doesn’t do this to her and she said to take the dressage whip in there to pat his butt.
Ok! so cool, a band aid but it works…
Today I came home and turned out our only other horse, my OTTB. This always upsets the paint.
I go into his stall with the manure fork and dressage whip and BAM! his butt is towards me so I let him know I have the whip. This goes on for a couple of minutes, I don’t take my eyes off of him or step away. Then he gets really mad and bucks towards me. OMG. :no: So I smack the whip against the ground, he trots around, is huffing and puffing and is facing the fence the whole time. Continues, continues and he bucks again. I stayed in there till he was somewhat calm and not backing up.
He is a nipper as well, came that way.
I have no freaking clue what to do. I grew up with super friendly and respectable horse.
How do I establish dominance after this??
Any links and actual advice from experience with something like this would be great.