Help me! So I have mentioned several times, next year I guess I am taking on my boyfriend's beloved gelding, Vinnie. Vinnie is consistantly 1 out of the money in the first division, that frustrates my bf, so with a less aggressive rider (me) maybe he'll hit one of the other divisions. So--some background: by chance, I have had a string of mares who are smart, strong, opinionated, and have great work ethics. I don't mind arguing about who is boss because typically once you establish that you're boss, they'll work pretty hard at whatever you tell them to. Vinnie--we decided is a sensitive asshole. This describes him perfectly. You ask for something, he'll give you the shoddiest reproduction he can of whatever you asked for. You say, "hey jerk, do it right" and then he's "Oh god, don't hit me! I can't do anything right!" This applies in a saddle or bareback. In a hackamore or a halter. He is physically capable, not in pain, but anytime you correct him he's all sensitive about it. Apparently, he really likes to be petted and coddled and told he is a good boy, then he is not so sensitive about getting corrected. I am really annoyed about the prospect of coddling this horse. If he does stuff right I'll coddle him. So I think if I just faked that affection, everything would be OK, but I'm kind of bitter about having to suck up to a horse. Several years ago I rode him more, I liked him, and he did anything for me w/out being coddled. So right now my plan is to hang out with him and bond, definitely take him on the April trail ride and not really be too particular of a rider. And then maybe I'll like him enough to coddle him and he won't be so sensitive about being corrected. Anyone else have a sensitive asshole gelding (lol... sensitive asshole, oh sorry.) or any suggestions?