Hi - I own a 19yo Paint Gelding who has a super sweet temperment. I only rode about 1-2 times a week during winter. Now my daughters and I are getting back to riding 3-5 days a week. We are taking it slow with him, but he is being super lazy.
All of us are pretty inexperienced. I need advice on what to do when I ask for a trot and he does this sort of sideways/ diagonal trot. Also he will stop and put his head way down.
I ride with a snaffle bit and barrel reins in a Western saddle. I'm really just a hacker.
I'll tell you want I'm doing to correct his behavior.
When he puts his head way down I either "saw" the reins (pull back alternating sides, an instructor had me do this on a horse that dropped his head when he loped.) or I pull back on one side to get him going in a circle. This normally works. I try not to jerk him too hard.
When he does that sideways trotting thing he is more or less trying to move away from the rail. So I give him a little inside rein and a little outside leg. I always get confused in inside/outside so when I say inside I mean rail side and outside is center of arena side. Also I just make him keep trotting (w/o over working him)
Finally he is currently barefoot because I pulled his shoes for winter. He seems to be moving fine, but when I pick his hoofs he seems slightly tender. Should I maybe not ride until I get his shoes back on? The farrier has told me he isn't wearing well on his hind hoofs. He got regular trims while barefoot and I expect farrier back in about a week
I didn't mean to write so much. Thanks in advance!
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