Hello, my 7 yr. old POA does not seem to like my family and it is making them nervous to be around him. He has only lived at our place for two weeks, although I have had him for five months. When my husband or daughter are around him he will pin his ears and be aggressive toward them. He has bitten my daughter's shirt and tried to bite their hands. He is also starting to be aggressive to our 15 yr.old gelding. If the horses are together, he will not let anyone around the other horse and will move him or bite him. When I watch the two together in the field, he is a bully and is constantly moving him. I know that he doesn't love to be groomed or petted, so they don't need to do that. Last night, when my daughter was standing next to me he pinned his ears and all we were doing was talking together. I don't want my family to fear him, is there something I can do to use the PICNIC way to stop this behavior?
My trainer rode Jack for the first time last week. She is a very good rider. When she asked Jack to back up, he reared up on her. Since she is well experienced, she did not take it badly or have any fear of Jack. She said that he rides easily and has had many hours of training by someone. She feels that he would make a great show horse and would be good on trails. My trainer, Sonia, thinks that Jack will be good for me to ride eventually, but thinks I should learn on Henry. She also told me that she would like to ride Jack on about twelve trail rides before I try to ride him on a trail. Sonia wants me to learn to walk, trot, and canter before riding a trail and will go on the first trail rides with me.
You've been so good about responding to my "beginner type" questions, so I'm wondering what do you think about that? Thank you! Kathy