I am working with two green horses. I am a green trainer myself. I am trying to get them past stopping when they longe and standing there and staring at me and not moving a muscle. I swear they are saying: "You can't make me."
I am positive it is something I am doing. I can get them both to back up and side step very easily. However when I try to longe them the either go for a few steps or not at all. It's so aggrevating I've been to the point of tears. I had to stop today because I was getting so upset about it.
How do you correct this? I made the mistake of hitting them both in the butt with the whip. I have not done it again when I realized that it was counter productive.
Any advice? I am so sad about one of them. He was a star on the ground (with my little experience anyway) until I rode him (he did GREAT), then suddenly he no longer has interest in moving on the ground. I am afraid that I am also teaching them that they can get away with stopping when I don't want them to.
Thank you so much.