Sorry long post!
Twister having been absolutely wonderful is full of something or other. On our last 2 hacks he has been bucking and generally a bit a***y, foot stamping and impatient.
He hasn't been ridden much due to dark nights so just at weekends. In the school on his own he is the same as ever, plod, plod, kick, kick - not wanting to work, but out hacking he's shown a different side to his character!
The first time a couple of weeks ago he was his usual self, plod, plod, and then we had a little canter and he buck-buck-bucked and then was SO full of it, jig jog and really MARCHING out in walk so hacking buddy could not keep up. Also put in another buck when we had to stop to wait for hacking buddy to catch up! He also kept putting his ears back at hacking buddy and threatening to kick when hacking buddy tried to take the lead again. I didn't want to take the lead as I didn't know if I had brakes approaching the crossroads! Given his attitude, luckily we still had brakes, tho' a bit of foot stamping went on at the crossroads.
Thought this would be a one off; next short hack he did a bit more foot stamping but we didn't try any canter or go in any fields, just road work and he was ok, but did put his ears back again at hacking buddy (different one from last time) - NOT a good idea as Murph is boss of his field and doesn't take kindly to little squirt ponies threatening to kick!!
Then on Sunday, went on a long-ish hack with a few fields where horses know they canter (but not Twister as he's never been on this route). He was fine at first (bar a bit of foot stamping in the yard before we set off!), then we had a trot in a field with a view to picking up canter .. maybe he sensed the anticipation in the other horses but just as we were about to go into canter, he was bucking away!! So I lost my nerve and we slowed down to walk.. I just felt he was going to try to race the other two. Then I just felt he was ready to GO all the time. So we took it calmly and he steadied down but I just didn't fancy risking canter again. At one point tried trotting again down a track - Pie came alongside and Twister started bucking again .. He really seemed to take exception to Pie and was okay provided Pie stayed back and didn't try to pass him. He was fine with Murph leading..
What's going on? Help! I'm only just starting to get my nerve back after previous pony used to buck, bolt and rear so not sure how to deal with this. They don't feel like he's trying to get me off type bucks, but he definitely wants to GO!
He isn't like this when ridden on his own in the school, or even in the big field at the yard. He's hard to get going and at first I couldn't get him to canter! I can now, but he generally slows down/stops as soon as you take the leg off. Any ideas why he's behaving like this and how can I deal with it? I'm beginning to lose my nerve at the thought of hacking him out with anybody else but can't do it on my own either.