I just got a new horse that flattens his ears when you ask him to go faster than a walk. He goes into the trot but he flattens his ears first, then he quits.
He also tries to bit at my feet. He seems pretty sour.
About what I'm doing...I am not using any spurs, I know better than to pull and kick, I am squeezing softly first and than harder if he doesn't respond.
I actually think I got snowed on this horse...but I really like him and would like to keep him.
I also want to teach him to ride in the bridle and neck rein. He's cowy, 12 years old and well mannered on the ground.