I am a huge stickler for ground manners. for me, that is the first thing a horse learns. this new haflinger has actually been confusing me.
BIGGEST PROBLEM: Someone taught him that when he doesn't want to do something, back up. he can haul backwards.
vet check clean. feet good, overweight but working on it. 5 years old, 1 year under saddle as a trail horse.
When I am hand walking, I have tried every halter/lead combination i could think of. he's good at stopping when i stop. sometimes he doesn't want to walk forward and goes backwards. sometimes hes fine.
Most times, if I even speed up my walk to get him to trot, he throws his head and tries to grab the lead to chew on it. If i refuse to let him get it, he settles down nicely. but we have that fight every time.
he's better under saddle, i went from a d-ring snaffle to just a halter, he likes it better. any good manners training exercises-- sorry but please no parelli. i no his stuff and im not a huge fan. i've tried a lot of those games with him and nothing helped. thanks.