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 he's 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.