Dear Monty and team.
I am the lucky owner of a 17 yo gelding. He is wonderful and contact seeking. When I stared with him it was another story: he was nervous buy kind while riding and sweet in the stable but a nightmare to handle from the ground. Within seconds of taking him out he would buck and rear for up to 15 minutes while in hand until he seemed exhaused. He was also afraid of my hans, the whip and swift movements. I took this to mean that he had been beaten for rearing before. That he has been hit after rearing and so kept rearing and jumping for a long as he could to avoid being beaten. He was never malicious.
I handled this by waiting the madness out and praising him when he returned. It worked.
He has gone from rearing and nearly hurting me every singLe day to doing it once in a while out of the blue. Last time was a few weeks ago.
I would like him to stop completely. He is very energetic and playful and somewhat nervous and I get the feeling he is boiling over when it happends. I have of course never beaten him and he trusts my hands even with a whip now.
In every other way he is now an absolute sweetheart who comes running to the gate when he sees me and likes all forms of handling and attention.
I worry he will hurt me or someone else one day or hurt himself.
I think maybe this all connects to something in his past, that there is a trigger but I would really like him to stop and find peace of mind.
What do you advise me to do?