Have you tried carrying a dressage whip to give him a tap when he loses his forward motion?
I have one, but have only used it with him on the ground. He still has "yikes a whip!" mentality (something he inherited from a previous trainer while I was on vacation one year) and we are working out of it. I have never learned to use one properly while riding but I'm assuming if I only lightly "tap" the rump, this is correct?
Firstly, I would ask your trainer to ride him and see if its a training or rider issue. If your trainer has the same issues, then you need to think of ways to go, but if its a rider issue, your trainer needs to start thinking of new things.
Sadly, my trainer is currently unable to ride any horse. She is recovering from surgery on her leg and hasn't been able to get on a horse for over 4 months AND will not be able to for the rest of this year. I will however ask if her intermediate/advanced H/J student could see what she can do with him. He does however do it on the lunge line too. I really have to influence him with my lunge whip to get him to move forward. I usually lunge him with his bridle and side reins, I'm not sure if he does it without the side reins. I will try lunging with just a halter tomorrow.
Could he be barn sour?? Do you do other things with him, trail rides, free jumping, lunging over poles etc?
We do many things. The 4H group works on obstacles/trail class stuff and we are always welcome to join in the group session, so we do. My new stable isn't near trails but we do have an occasional hack or hand gallop across unused farmland that we are permitted to ride on. I also do at least 1 day of ground work only each week which consists of ground driving and clicker training (tricks and the such, don't worry I'm not training him to rear Lol). He doesn't seem sour and gladly goes wherever I want him to. He moves out forward very well in the walk and I can also get him to really move forward in the hand gallop if I ask him too.
Originally Posted by DancingArabian View Post
Could be that he's now using all the right muscles to move and hasn't built up the strength or stamina to keep at it hard.
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Never thought of this, and he is very newly using his back more, etc. I'd say he starting working this way about 3 weeks ago when he first got off stall rest after an injury.
a whip would be my choice, and NOT leg on with every stride. Dulls out the horse's response to the leg.
I would love to see a video of the "new" Cinny trotting.
I'll see if I can get someone to hold the camera next time I ride. I've been meaning to get more video of him since he started working differently anyway, I just haven't done it yet. It's hard to find a camera holder these days with everyone getting their horses, tack etc ready for the fair in a few weeks.