Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Breinigsville, PA
• Horses: 0
Sooo frustrated...Will NOT go forward!
Ok, I've had Danny for almost three months and have been back in the saddle for about four months. We moved to a new barn with one of the best trainers I've ever seen and put Danny on training board. My trainer rides him 2-3 times a week and I ride in lessons or for a hack about 3-4 times a week, with a day off for him.
I'm starting to think that the old saying is right about Paints being stubborn and lazy! He has one or two great days during the week. He'll occassionally move forward off my leg, start to bend a little, and have fairly decent transitions (his canter depart is DIFFICULT). The other days he's basically sleeping during the ride. Last night was day 4 in a row, prior to that he had 2 days off. Sun, Mon & Tues were easy hacks, no more than 30-45 mins. Last night, I rode in an hour group lesson. By the time we were done trotting, I was completely exhausted, out of breath and strength just from keeping him moving. He randomly decides to stop dead while trotting, and when he does trot he's behind my leg and moving as slow as he can possibly get away with. When we start to canter, some days he's ok and will pick it up after a few tries and continue around the ring several times, other nights he trots around the entire ring, refusing to pick up the canter, and tries to break every few strides. He's not buldging at the right shoulder as badly as he had been, but he still fights me to get to the center of the ring no matter what we're doing when going to the right.
It's COMPLETELY exhausting. There's no way were going to any shows this year until he can consistantly move off my leg and have some forward momentum. No matter how hard we try, he won't engage his hind end, and just seems to try to do as little work as possible. I'm getting extremely frustrated to the point where I don't even want to ride in lessons any more because he just doesn't want to work for that long. I don't know what to do!
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