Picking up the pace
How do I speed my horse up? He has the barrel pattern down great, now I just need more speed. I've tried whipping but he only bucks, and when I used spurs, apparently they were too sharp because I kicked hard once and but hashes on either side of him. They too a month to heal. Once he even made me so made, I tied him to the hitch of my truck and drove around the field to make him run. He wasn't fast enough so he fell and hurt his leg trying to get up. After that I waited a month before getting on him again but he still wouldn't run so I lunged him for a while over the barrels. I thought maybe he had weak hindquarters and do jumping might strengthen them. It was about a hundred degrees (maybe a little hotter) and he was already tired after half an hour of jumping so I hit him hard with the whip to wake him up. He still kept stumbling and finally fell over the barrel he wouldn't get up after this so I left him in the field. Any help? This horse will NOT move!