Badly need help with AQH
Hi there people of HorseForum. I just made an account right now cause I've browsed here before and some of you seem to know what you're talking about LOL. I have a 11 year old AQH horse gelding. He never spooks, and he's real funny (he literally will smile for you) Well in the arena we seem to do fine, he listens but lately he's just been stopping and will not budge. I kick him soft, I kick him hard, I click to him, nothing. After a few slaps on the hindquarters he eventually will go. He does this just to be lazy, I also ride with my father and his horse and if they aren't in front of us he doesn't want to listen to me. I even tried circles to get him to stop it, nope. I don't want to get a wip or spurs but I feel like if I can't come to find something to get him to move I'm going to have to get some tickling spurs. Any tips please? D:
But this is why I'm posting: I ride him in a bitless bridle, and today we were on our 2nd trail ride (he's been on many, it's my 2nd ever but I've already gotten use to it hahal) He was excited and everything at first but then he calmed down. After awhile, he got way too excited and I kept trying to make him just walk instead of going too fast that I couldn't really pay attention to what we were riding into. After that, My gosh. The horse I've worked with, the one I trust my life with, turned into a green 2 year old TB. He just kept trotting and trotting fast and nervously, with or without the other horse in front of him. I kept pulling on him to stop him, I did everything in my power but after I got him to walk he'd just start up again. Then he started to get so crazy he was kinda running off on me in a pointless direction. He wasn't even like this on our first trail ride! I wasn't scared just, very disappointed. I got angry and even cried. Will I have to put a bit in his mouth to make him walk without yanking him all the time?
I really need help from a professional here... I don't have an instructor since I've had easily over 30 in my 4 or so years of riding, I just finally had enough and I keep instructing myself. Thanks so much.
P.S. I honestly can say it had nothing to do with my feelings though. I wasn't scared at all, I don't get scared I handle things. So no sensing things here
Last edited by Snapper; 07-31-2013 at 02:51 PM.