I'm just starting in dressage been riding English and western for years but just getting started in dressage.
I have a new WB/TB cross I think his wb IS KWPN. I've only ridden him twice. Yesterday and today. He is 7 years old. First time was ok he was resistant to leaving the house and kept stopping every few steps until we got to the arena (down the street) and there were other horses there then he was better. We mostly walked around the arena just getting used to each other. I was later told that he had not been ridden in 4 years. He acts like a horse that has not been ridden for years. And I don't have any ides of his level of training but he is not trained to slow down stop with the seat only the reigns. I know the lady who rode him before wore spurs. I don't.
So today I went for my 2nd ride and he was a LOT more resistant to going forward away from home. (coming home he seemed frisky and fine no problems at all)
He kept backing up and refusing to move forward if we were pointed away from home. This was after riding for about 20 minutes. I don't know if he was possibly sore from yesterday or just being more stubborn. I didn't want to start really getting on to him if there was something wrong..... like he was uncomfortable or something. We rode in the same saddle and same bridle as yesterday. Yesterday he was barely sweating and today he was sweating alot more....(yesterday temp was about 75 today 81 degrees)
Could he be sore or is he just being ornery? Also don't know if this counts but he is stubborn in general. Very loving sweet horse but he is on charge of the other horses and when I lead him I sometimes have to use a riding crop to get him to lead. I just tap tap tap him on the but and that gets him moving. Is this the same thing happening when I'm in the saddle??
And if so what do I do about it?