Originally Posted by .Delete.
Then it wont be a battle you win. If you go into training a horse with that kind of attitude you might as well not even get on.
Sounds like the added leg pressure is what is bothering him. If it were me that horse would live in an english saddle till he got over it.
If added leg pressure bothered him, wouldn't he have flipped some serious balls when I rode him bareback and had constant leg pressure on him so he wouldn't stop to graze? I mean, I'm pretty sure I used more leg barebacking him than I did in English. Not to say I wasn't using enough leg in English, it's just that it took consistent contact and pressure to make sure he kept moving, which isn't a problem I face with him very often.
I will be looking to the problem of whether there's a problem with his withers. If there's no fix in my sights, I'll suggest to Nancy that a vet or chiro look at his back to make sure something isn't up with that area of his back (although he's never expressed severe sensitivity in his back).
All of you may be completely right. At the same time, I could be right. I'm also personally the type of person who wants a horse who wants
to do the job I'm asking him to do. I ride purely for fun, not for showing or money. I was hoping he'd take to English with flying colors, but Nancy has had him for months and his English hate hasn't been cured yet, so like I said, I don't know. I'll push this subject on him, but like I've said, if it seems like there's no cure, I'm not going to force him. I'll be needing a second horse in the future anyway, and Nancy has plenty of jumpers I can borrow until then when it comes to riding English (because I need that skill whether I jump Western, bareback, or upside-down).
I want to let you all know that I don't wish to come off as rude. I make myself seem like a jackass and I poke holes and argue to make sure the debate is worth the debate. Trust me guys, I don't just pick, prod, and go "ick." When I'm not on this forum, I'm piecing together all the advice given and constantly testing new ideas on my horse. So far we've progressed with each other really
well and I'm so proud of him.