I've finally get my horse broken to the saddle again after a month or so of working with him and he's great. He loves to be ridding, he walks right up to the mounting block. He stands quietly for mounting and doesn't take off until I ask him to. He's 8 years old and fully broke, well he used to be.
The new problem. He is totally unresponsive to stopping, backing, and sometimes turning. He wants to do what HE wants to go where he wants. He will listen when I squeeze to go faster or something like that but he won't stop so I have to basically just "quit" riding so that way he gets something is wrong and will slow or stop enough for me hop down. He is giving to pressure wonderfully on the ground and we join up and he respects me on the ground. He strives to please me but its so frustrating in the saddle! I rode him with a rope halter, a regular halter, and a bridle w/ a eggbutt. He used to give to the bit WONDERFULLY. He would turn great and stop and backup and now all of a sudden he ignores me and walks to the gate and stares outside no matter what I ask him to do. He ignores everything I ask him to do. Sometimes he'll turn for me and sometimes I can get him to stop if I use both voice and rein commands and I'm very VERY persistent. He used to be VERY light and no one has ridden him except me. We had an incident with the saddle and he became afraid of saddles. He would let me bridle him and ride bareback but NO Saddles. I fixed that but with our break from riding he became unresponsive. Sometimes we are okay and sometimes I can't even ride him because he's not riding with me.
What do I do? I can't see my trainer for another two weeks and I don't want to let him go without riding him for two weeks because he is the type of horse who needs daily riding and attention.