I thought this as well, but there are downfalls to this. I can see that sometimes its very discouraging for the little girl. She is very proud of what she's accomplished, I told her many girls who have been riding longer than her can't get him going like her. But she also asked if she could ride my friends horse for her lessons after she got to ride her for a half hour
I can feel when he's going to break and keep him moving and that's the key. My beginners can't do that and I think this is how he decides who he will listen to. I know horses that are just easy rides for all and I want that- what I have planned for Salem, stubborn just wont do.
As far as his health, he is only 4, never had any incidents or lameness, I highly doubt its a physical issue.I get nothing but compliments on how nice he looks when he's moving, under saddle and especially when he's just running around playing, there is no movement issues there!His saddle fits well, its also a light synthetic to reduce the amount of weight he has to work with since he's not done growing.