Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: I live in that card board box you pass by every day on your way to work.
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I can completely understand. It's part of the learning experience.
Do you have a video of what he's doing? It may be able to see what might be able to be done.
Like I said, when I got my racing bred QH, he was pretty on the muscle. Obedient, but wanted to do everything at a very fast pace and had a tendacy to rush through things... not my style. It took a LONG time to get him to wait for me. Lots of stopping and standing. Lots of walking.
If you asked for a lope to the right, he would burst into a fast footed run... A trot to the right, he would move out far too fast without an ounce of collection... same with even a walk. It took walking him for nearly a month to the right and asking for nothing more than a walk, whoa, back, and pivot... just to get him to relax and realize there's simply no rush.
All I can say is don't give up on him just yet. Have TONS of patience and just keep asking.
If in a snaffle isnt going far enough back to basics, start from the ground. Put him in a rope halter and get him flexing, breaking at the poll, and doing all of it calmly. Then build from there...treat him like a 3 yr old goober and show him exactly what you expect by breaking it down into even simpler terms.
I've had another horse that was painfully arena sour. Not only would getting him into the arena be a battle, he'd be trying to bolt the entire time you'd ask for an ounce of work from him... Took 2 weeks of riding 3 days a week of tacking up, getting on, and walking along the rail of the arena and leave, and untack. Gradually building up to a walk/jog work out, then walk/jog/lope.
Just patience, that's all...