Normally, he does pretty well with direction, but on Monday he seemed to be veering off of the sides of the round pen into a tight circle. Granted, I was using his rope halter and one rein as a bridle. Could this be it? Is he just adjusting to the different method of cuing him?
He also does not like to move forward. He like to eat. I know that he has a lot of "go" in him, but he simply doesn't want to. I am practicing Natural Horsemanship, so would it be considered cheating if I used a crop to help him pay attention? He hated it when I would (foolishly) slap his butt with my hand to encourage forward motion, so I am not sure how he would react to a light tap on the shoulder whenever he isn't listening? Or do I just need to spend more time riding him? He isn't ridden nearly enough. Before I purchased him, he was getting ridden once a week AT BEST, and I was not the person riding him most of the time. There are two other people I know who would ride him: His previous owner (and she is much better than I am), and one of the barn hands (also my friend who's name I keep forgetting). The barn hand is greener than I am, so I'm worried if he is the cause of some of Winchester's (my horse) bad habits and uncertainty. Of course, I must not be helping much either, but at least I own him and have a right to ride him whenever. ^^
Anyways, what do you think I should do?
Also, he used to be ridden in a snaffle bit, but I am switching things up a little. I ordered a riding halter from www.crazyropes.ca, for only $24. It's cheap, and it may break, but it's worth a try, eh? Winny is also chomping at the bit and pulling at it. He did none of that when I was riding him in his halter. I also aim to train him for trail rides. But I have a question about that: Is is okay to ride a trail in a squeaky English saddle? The squeaks don't bother Winny, but it's the English part I'm worried about. I've never seen a horse being ridden on a trail in an English saddle.
Anyways, do your best to answer my questions! I could really use the help!