I own an Arab that would rear at 15 min if you did not know what you were doing. Pretty much cured him of that, but he would still try and pull crap out on the trail, just because he thought he was done at that juncture, and didn't want to go on.
Everyone who didn't have the skills, would take him out for a ride, he'd rear after 15 min, they'd get scared, get off, turn back, and he'd be done. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing.
I just sat it out, never got off, never turned back.
He is now 31, and will still give you 5 min to get your act together, and if you don't succeed in that timeframe, he will go stand at the gate. No manner of kicking or whipping him will make him turn, go, whatever. He knows he's smarter, and will absolutely just not even give you the time of day.
Your horse sounds like the same kind of guy. I would try and find someone who can ride it out, and show the horse that he cannot get away with that any longer. I think that is really the only way to get it worked out, unless you are either willing to let him give up after 20 min, or find some work for him that does not require him to do arena work for more than 20 min.
Me, I guess I'm just hard-headed and stupid. I'd try and ride it out until he learned he can't get away with it anymore.
But, then again, he could be like my old guy, and well, if one person figured it out, that does not mean that he will not try and test EVERY other person that comes along.
Sometimes, the smartest horses are the hardest to deal with.
Return to top