Originally Posted by mildot
That's what you should have done from the start.
It's highly likely that an experienced rider can get on your horse and make him go without spurring him or slapping him with a crop.
Bear in mind the guy telling you this hasn't been riding quite a year yet.
Lessons are a great idea. I think you are wise to realize that refusing to go is just as much of an evasion as rushing off. Since your horse is doing both, you could find yourself in a dangerous situation. So I think lessons and training are a great idea. Spurs - not so much.