07-05-2012, 05:01 PM
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Sounds like a personal problem. ;)
Anywho, I think it's your fault. When you tell him to trot, you probably shift your weight forward (getting ahead of the horse and shifting more weight onto the forehand when you should really be taking weight off the forehand), and then kick/squeeze with your legs (tightens/locks the hip, especially if you squeeze, preventing back movement and tensing the horse). You might even raise your reins, bringing the head up and/or putting contact onto the bit which can confuse and irritate the horse.
When he protests, you are unable to ask him to go forward, and instead resort to kicking him until he moves. You probably shorten the reins (bringing the head up which makes the horse more nervous and also 'punishes' the horse when he takes a forward step because you probably don't follow his movement at that point), and/or pull on them to stop the bucking while also kicking him to get him moving. So basically you're saying "stop" with the reins and "go" with the leg.
Anything you do to correct him just makes the situation worse. You think it's his problem that he acts up when you want him to trot. I think you need to work a little more on yourself.
What you need to do is drop the reins. Make them as long as you can. Relax your legs. Honestly, he doesn't need your help to move. He can move just fine when you're not on him, I'm sure. To ask to trot, keep your hands down (or on his mane, not the saddlehorn), and do not shorten or move them to trot. "Click" at him and give a small push with your seat if you know how. If you need to, give a quick, gentle squeeze with your calves. Do not kick at him. That tightens your joints and body and makes the horse really not want to move. It might take a few seconds or tries to get him to trot like that, but he should do it. If he doesn't get it, you may kick with one leg, not both, just to get his attention, before going back to asking with your voice and seat.
Do NOT lean forward when he goes to trot. You don't need to and he doesn't want you to anyway.
Once he trots, do not try to correct him, even if he starts out super fast. If you must, post, or two-point. After a few strides, slowly get him under control. Sit tall and relaxed. Gripping just annoys him. If you need to, use two hands on the reins and open them, dropping them down to his shoulders. Don't bother just raising the reins and pulling on them. That annoys him and doesn't really help you.
If you still need help, just get a trainer. It's not really a huge deal. Just ask for a lesson or two. They'll be able to help you out.