So I've had my 2.5 yr old gelding back from the trainer for about 2 weeks and he's been doing really well. I've done 2 solo trail rides with him and 3-4 rides with friends. I only go out for about 1-2 hours because he's so young. He's been going out about every other day.
Anyway, on one ride with my friend we were leading, he seemed to get tired and refused to lead so we put the other horse in front and he followed no problem. But on both my solo rides he has done the same thing. He'll ride great for a while, then stop and refuse to move.
The trainer told me he has sides of lead and I need really good spurs. I have decent spurs with mild-ish rowels and I tell you, I have never pressed and prodded a horse so much. He will just stand there and let you press and roll the spurs on his side really hard and it doesn't seem to make much of an impression on him. The minute he shifts his weight to step forward I release the pressure. He will usually take a few steps and stall out again.
I don't know if I need stronger spurs, a crop or what. I really don't want to get sharper spurs. But I don't want to teach him to ignore my legs either.
I'm glad he has a lazy streak, but I need him to respond better when I say move forward. We just trail ride, western, and we walk 99% of the time. I don't want to get into faster gaits until I build a comfort level with him at the walk, although I've trotting him a few times.
Anyway, suggestions on what to do when a green horse stops and refuses to move forward? At first I thought he was just getting tired, but today he was stalling on the way OUT on the ride. It might have been because he wanted to stay near a pasture of horses. I just don't want this to become a bad habit because he's a great colt and we should have a great future of trail riding together.