My horse is used to being ridden with his previous owner (i only have him for a month now) and if I get on him, bridal fitted and all, but still bareback as I don't have a saddle yet, he won't go forward. I tried kicking with my heels gently, and a bit harder, but stil nothing.... I can move him around in circles but not forward
I'm only getting on him in the roundpen, as I am not too sure what his reactions might be...so atleast I am in a safe space if something happens. He is not nervous or spooky and seems totally relaxed when I'm no him (maybe too relaxed) he might seem lazy at times too...
Then when I ask or signal to go forward he just relaxes and doesn't move.