Thanks guys! You have given me some very good advice that I will take to heart.
I think I need to be more assertive with him. Because he's just back from the trainer and he's my first green horse, I don't have a comfort level with him yet and I don't think I am being a strong enough leader/assertive rider.
I really am happy if he just goes out and walks. I think the trainer spent a goodly amount of time trotting him, but really I just want to go out and do relaxing trail rides. Trotting can come next year after we get to know each other better and he is older. I've trotted him a few times, but I really just want to walk him.
He starts out a ride with a little attitude, shaking his head and trying to trot without me asking, but I just keep him at a walk and keep on riding and eventually (maybe after an hour) he just relaxes and the excess energy fades away. (I keep him on a loose rein unless I need to correct something.) It's amazing how a youngster can go from high energy to tired so quickly. That's a new thing for me! Cherie
, your post is extremely helpful! I respect your advice so much. I don't like the idea of going to stronger spurs, and honestly, up until about a year ago I didn't even use spurs on my experienced trail horses, so that's not something I like the idea of, but rather something I thought I had to have because that is the way he was trained.
I am definitely going to go with some type of over/under type whip because that makes perfect sense and I am more comfortable with that than rolling the spurs on him with all my might. That just didn't sound right to me, but I didn't know how else to approach it. So thank you for giving me an answer that makes sense.
I don't want him to be a dull, resentful horse. I think I need to be way more assertive and not let him stall out at all. That's probably mainly my fault for not being assertive enough. And I hate nagging on him with spurs. So we have to fix that.
I'll let you guys know how that goes.
Hey, should I be riding him almost every day, every other day, ever few days or ??? Right now I've been riding him about every-other day. How long do you think our trail rides should be? Even if we don't make it out to the forest, we can still do about an hour just around the neighborhood. And that exposes him to cars, horses in fields, dogs, etc.