Horses and ponies need a structure to their day. They need to know what is expected of them, what boundaries have been set and when food is arriving. They also need the company of other horses and will need to see outside to stimulate their interest.
Their behaviour can vary enormously depending on their background. So, if you have rehomed a horse that has had a bad start in life then you may need to be more patient, have lower expectations and be more understanding in the way you approach them.
Horses and ponies thrive when in a routine. They need consistent and fair handling. If you are temperamental, rough or abrupt with your horse, you should expect the same behaviour from them. Try to be consistent in your approach so you don’t confuse the animal.
At the same time, you need to be assertive for the animal to have confidence in you. If you are nervous the animal will sense this and could become agitated.