I have recently started working with an 8 year old Paint Horse. He had 60 days of professional training when he was four, and was apparently really, really good back then and competed in barrels and games, could stop & turn on a dime, and was going to be trained for reining but his owner ran into financial issues and wasn't able to do that.
Since then he has sat as a pasture ornament.
In the two weeks that I have been working with him, he has been wonderful -- he ties, has good ground manners, stands for saddling/mounting, has great breaks, and rides in a loose ring snaffle.
Anyway -- the problem that I am having is that when he is far away from the gate in his pasture (relatively large pasture...4 acres maybe) he will let me attach a lead to him, but he will not move. Not at all. I can turn him and he will step, then stand -- ears pinned back and not happy at all. He is very buddy sour and a few times I have lead another horse along with him until we reached the gate, but this no longer works anymore.
I have dealt with my own stubborn horse who sometimes plants his feet and doesn't budge unless I tap him on the butt with the end of the lead/pull him with all of my strength, but this new horse is much taller and stockier than my little arab X. Even a tap on the side with the lead doesn't give him the motivation to move. He just pins his ears back further.
I have tried pulling, tapping him with a lead & a lunge whip, treats...I don't know what to do anymore.
This doesn't happen every time...and I don't ride him every time I take him out of his field, sometimes I take him out to graze or simply groom him, so it shouldn't be that he is associating me with hard work.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks :)