Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
1: Check for pain issues as always.
2: Does he do this of you free-lunge or lunge him?
3: Check you're riding. You could be sending him mixed signals. When you feel him want to go into a trot, really push with your seat and just squeeze with your leg. All that kicking you're doing isn't helping you much. You don't want a dead-sided horse.
4: Have you tried giving him a little reminder with a riding crop? I think that could work.
5: Just let him lope. When you're in the arena or whatever, when you get him into a lope, don't worry about anything, just keep him going, it doesn't matter where you go, just go!
6: I don't know how old he is or anything, but it takes more balance on his part to lope properly without breaking gait, so circles, transitions, serpentines ect, could really help.
I havent had many problems with not wanting to go, but the couple times I did, it was because it was the mare was being a lazy hag. I went to the trailer and grabbed the calf-typing string and put it on my saddle horn. Every time she tried to be a lazy hag, she got it over n under style, and off we went.
Last edited by QHriderKE; 03-28-2012 at 09:32 PM.