Hey there guys! I'm finally deciding to get down and work with my horse as much as I can. We've been out on the trails a few times the past few weeks and he has some habits I would like to break him of. He's a good horse for the most part and very smart, but I need to be pointed in the right direction. He's a "rescue" mexican ranch horse and has come a LONG way since we've had him, but unfortunately with all the mistreatment he's had throughout his life, he has picked up some bad habits. The first thing I would like to know: This horse is a bit cinchy. He doesn't bite when you cinch up, but turns his head and pins his ears like he wants to. This only happens when you first go to tighten, but when it's already tightened a bit he is fine. We've never been bitten but we have to watch him. Is there any way to break him of this? When you look at him he turns away like he expects to be hit, but it is VERY rare that we hit our horses, so this must've been from his past. I would love to tighten him up without having to watch my back! Second thing: He's pretty good when you go to mount him (Stands still) but every once in awhile after you mount, he has a bout of shaking his head. He gets a little crazy and just throws his head all over the place and walks around like he wants to do something. In the arena, he will do this the first few laps around at the walk and it can be kind of scary sometimes because it feels like he will buck even though he never has. After he gets warmed up, he is fine for the most part. Sometimes he shakes his head at the lope, but I want to work with him at the walk first, so I won't get ahead of myself. What can I do to correct this? Also, any other training tips you have for me would be great! I would love to be able to lounge him for exercise when I cannot ride, and I would also like to do ground work. He has excellent ground manners, but I would love to refine this a bit. He is kind of head strong and I want him to learn that I am the boss. We also need to work on getting him used to bicycles and tractors. Thanks in advance for all your help!