Lily of the Valley, your comment was completely over the line. If someone said that about my horse, I'd be pissed, and I wouldn't be as nice in my reply to it as NordicJuniper was. Those comments need to stay in your head, it's like telling someone their kid is ugly.
To the OP, he is definitely lacking impulsion. You implied you typically ride in spurs? What kind? Maybe they are too blunt? I'm not suggesting you beat your horse into moving quicker, but rather, ask him to step up as softly as you want him to respond to. If he doesn't respond, give him a swift kick or a swat with a whip [but he was abused? So that might not work]. He needs to learn that go means go, and he can either go when you ask nicely, or he can go when you scream at him, but either way, he's going. =] I'd take two rides a week of just moving forward, not worrying about collection or the way he's carrying himself. Chances are if he's lacking the impulsion, he's lacking true collection anyway.
Good luck, it seems like you have a pretty simple problem to work through, if you stick with something, I'm sure he'll catch on. And by the way, I think he's gloriously shiny, and if he had on a happy face, he'd be gosh darn handsome. =]
Yeah I need to really work with him more on moving out, he is lacking back muscle severely right now because I have been so busy that I can't ride him consistently. Last summer when I was working him a lot he looked awesome. This summer I was just way too busy. We are hoping that once his back muscle improves [Nerissa said she would lunge him for me when I can't get over to ride and work on his muscle] he will be more willing to use himself, right now I think it is really hard for him to frame up because of this.
I ret not to take things personally online but when someone tells me he is sucky looking I do get angry, whether it is their opinion or not. I agree with what you said, if you thought someone's kid was ugly you wouldn't tell them that to their face and the same should go with animals unless someone is asking if you think they are pretty or whatnot.
Oh and he is fine with a crop :] I use one most of the time when I ride.
Thank you again for input, I will try working with him on moving more forward :]
I do think spurs would help get him listening. He's really cute, though! =D
Yeah as I stated, I usually ride in blunt spurs but I didn't that day [I think I misplaced them that day and couldn't find them or something, but I found them last week so I can start using them again] :]
He is a sweetie, just lazy :P