Looking for some help/opinions, I have a 16.2hh holstiener he's 16yrs and an ex showjumper, I took him as hed been badly neglected, very very thin(his ex owner admitting to feeding him a handful of bread a day for four years!) and his hooves were in very bad condition.
He was originally imported to greece from Germany, spent time in athens showjumping then came to were I live in Kos greece.
During his jumping career he had a fall and was out of action for a while. He became very timid, he has been checked over by the vet and has no back problems, before I took him he had been ridden in two riding schools. A couple of times and pass on as he was too big for the riding schools, (i know both these ladies with the riding schools) then he came to his previous owner who neglected him and then to me. I have had him fed him up now for over 12months. He is not timid whatsover anymore, I've had him checked by the vet and see the farrier regularly. I can sit on him and he will happily, follow me round the field. He will play about, bucking and jumping the small bushes when turned out.
However he will not lead, it takes alot of persuasion for him to walk down the path to the beach (once there he will roll in the sand and the walk back is no problem) he will not entertain the lunge, and will move nowhere when I mount him and try to get him to move forward.
I know he's an older horse but I would like to hack him on a sunday afternoon just at a walk along the beach which is 10 mins from his field.
I'm really stumped of how to move forward with him,
He is out to graze on good pasture, with additional hay and hard feed twice a day, he takes cod liver oil biotin for his feet and a multi vit supplement.