I need some advice about this horse I ride sometimes. Its my BO horse, he is an 8 year old gelded Quarter Horse. He gets a lot of beginers on him who just walk or go for a trial ride, he is bomb proof nothing spooks him, very easy going. However in the arena I am having issues with him Im hoping you guys can help.
I can get him to walk with energy no problem. The first time I rode him I couldnt get him to trot for the life of me, I felt so silly I was actually laughing, I felt like I was 5 agian and was having flashbacks of this big fat pony named Popcorn I use to ride who I could never get to move forward, lol. Anyways after working with him for sometime in the arena the first time, I was able to get him to trot around the whole arena. His problem is he will start to trot if you can actually get him to do it, but then randomly stops dead in his tracks, nothing you can do can prevent it. So finally I got him going, I got him to respond to my voice and he was responding better to the crop. But forget about the canter, he would go 3 strides then stop dead, nothing I tried would get him to keep moving forward, I kept my leg on him and was tapping him with the crop.
I rode him yesterday and he was fine trotting, must have remebered our last ride together, he did stop once or twice but not nearly as much as before. But cantering is still not happening, he goes into it and I keep my leg on him and tap him with the crop if I feel him slow at all, yet no matter what I do he will stop dead!
The BO said that even though he is 8 he is still green, he has never had any real formal arena training, and when she puts kids on him in the the arena, its just for walking.
Im not sure if he is just lazy, doesnt know, or is just unwilling.
What can I do to get him to move forward without that stopping? It is so abrupt it throws my balance off and I fall a little forward in my seat. Im not a trainer but Im I would love to be able to get him to move forward around the whole arena without stopping.