Lately, Sky has been refusing to move forward. She will keep backing up until I stop nagging or just stand still. This is not an issue we had when I first brought her home and at first I thought she was just getting buddy sour since the first time she did it I was trying to take her out alone. But since then she has refused to go forward even with another horse and today she refused while I was riding just in the corral. She also refused to go into a trot but gave in after I nagged her enough. I am realising now that it is a respect issue and she's testing me.
So I am really unsure of exactly how I'm supposed to be handling this in the saddle. I am aware that she needs major ground work done with her as she seems absolutely clueless in the round pen, and I plan on bringing in a trainer I used previously, but money is an issue right now. So until then, I need help on how to handle this in the saddle. The first couple of times I used a crop to get her feet moving which worked just fine, but I don't want to have to carry one with me. Today I didn't have the crop so when she would start to back I would turn her in circles as that was the only forward action I could get out of her. Then I would back her a ton, and then stop and ask her to go forward again. It took a couple tries but this eventually worked, talk about annoying though.
Her previous owner did mention that you could use spurs on her but not that you HAD to. She moved just fine when I tried her and for the first month after that. Any thoughts?