Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I've never owned a WB, though I consider my KMH one bc he is 16'3hh, 7 foot girth and weighs ~1,450 pounds. I think you would use those statistics measuring an Oldenburg, Trakenner or other WB's, JUST by their size.
Mine is very light and responsive, contrasted with my 15'3hh QH, ~1,100 pounds, much smaller...everything. Yet my QH gets "stubborn" when something is new, and he's not sure.
We should realize that all training needs to be tailored to the horse, simply bc now matter now LONG we have trained horses, we really speak "broken conversational horse" just like I speak "broken conversational Spanish."
Very few people here have handled/trained their current riding horse from the time of weaning, so you don't know if the training was correct or if it had holes, or if it was rushed. My QH came from a rescue, and his trainer was pretty good, yet her husband was trying to push their free help to trail ride him when he was green as grass. I started him over and, since we've established a trust relationship I take the time to stop and praise him and reassure him that he is pleasing me, so the progress is good.
It is sad to say but true that SO MANY horses we buy are no where NEAR as far along in their training as we thought upon purchase.
BE PATIENT. Unless your horse attacks you, IMHO a WB that seems stubborn probably just needs double the training time of your other horse who made rapid progress.