Getting him to want to do what I want to do! Bonding techniques?
The horse I'm talking about is amazingly well trained, hacks, jumps, automatic lead changes on the straight. He just hates being worked in the ring, he will work nicely in the ring if he's doing stuff he likes though. I usually just trail ride him and leisurely jump him around, but I'm probably going to end up showing him this summer. He goes in the ring now, but just acts pissy about it. So I need to develop a bond with him. I've ridden him here and there for a while now, but never consistently to develop a bond. He goes around amazingly if he likes what he's doing, I just need to figure out a way to help him think ringwork is more fun for him! Is there anything I can do to help create a bond with him, and things I can do to help him associate the ring with fun time? Because there's absolutely no fighting with him, he's big, strong, and never (i mean never) tires out. So there's no lunging him into submission, or anything like that.