I got a 4 y/o tb last November. It was a semi-rescue situation.
The girl who owned him before me messed up his training in every way imaginable. He was pushy as heck, attacked people and was all around dangerous to handle. Needless to say, we didn't try riding him, even though she was.
We started again from the ground up, and he's pretty much gotten to the point where he's as well trained as any other green youngster. He has his moments, but he's very responsive with lunging, tack, etc, so my trainer's just started backing him over again.
His issue is since the previous owner kicked him (lots and very hard) every time she wanted him to move, he's completely dead to leg. He doesn't understand it at all because she numbed him to it (I saw her ride him)
When my trainer gets on him he's totally fine with her presence. He'll let other people lunge him with her on him, doesn't buck or try to bolt. But when she applies leg, he refuses to move. If she pushes enough with her leg he gets really upset, and we know that if she keeps pushing him then he'll likely explode and injure somebody. When he gets frustrated he tends to shut down, but if he's pushed enough things don't go well.
My trainer thinks he's just being a jerk and needs more ground work. I'm not exactly sure that ground work is going to fix this problem. He goes forward fine off the ground. He's still a bit of a lazy horse, but he'll move when I ask him to. I am 100 % sure that this is because of the way the last girl 'trained' him.
How would you deal with this problem? He's the kind of horse that doesn't care how much physical aids you give him (spurs, whip, etc) If he doesn't understand the situation he just shuts down. I don't want to scare him or beat him into moving, I want him to actually understand what's being asked of him.
I'm talking to my trainer about it tomorrow, but I don't think she's ever dealt with a greenie that doesn't want to move, so any ideas would be appreciated :P
Thanks so much!