Originally Posted by iridehorses
New horse - new owner/rider - new surrounding - new things to learn. You may be pushing him into things he is not ready for or incapable of.
cantering is the only new thing I have asked him to do -and this is only on the lunge line not undersaddle, plus I don't force him into it I encourage and use lots of praise and treats.
He was ridden before, went over poles before, lunged before. Groomed, haltered, led in, stalled. Everything he has done before, not a lot but he'd been exposed to them before.
I've worked with several green horses before but never one like this. Some are slower to make progress for sure but he constant but inconsistant set backs. And I am working with a good trainer so I am as consistant as I can be. It just seems that one week he has something done and the next its like he's never done it before and I ask him exactly the same way, approach things the same way.