Horse won't move while leading!?
My horse will suddenly stop when I'm leading him (halter and lead rope) and absolutely will not budge!
He's easy to catch.... he's in a large, 30-acre pasture. I can walk out to him and put the halter on just fine. He'll lead for a short distance, but at that time he'll suddenly stop dead in his tracks and won't budge for anything! I eventually got him to move (turned him in a circle) and got him just outside of the gate....when he did it again. After much fussing and pulling, I got him to move again. I got him saddled and bridled, and he would not leave the barn. I pulled on the bridle and got him to go. We went riding for a little while and headed back to the barn. I took the saddle and bridle off, put the halter back on, brushed him, gave him a couple of treats, and began leading him outside (to put him back in the pasture). He wouldn't budge yet again! He wouldn't leave the barn! I ended up standing facing him, and taking 2 or 3 steps backwards. He'd look at me, then take 2 or 3 steps forwards. We did this a few times, before he finally moved.
I don't know what to do.
He obviously isn't liking what I am doing with him, correct?
I just got him a week ago. I rode him Friday night, and this afternoon. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I just worked him in the arena (did some Clinton Anderson-type round pen work, with a Liberty whip..... trying to establish his "safe zone" with me, and establish that I am boss). After we worked in the arena, I'd take him for a little walk (not riding...just walking with a halter and lead). I noticed on Thursday, he stopped and wouldn't move while we were out walking. I got him to move though. Then, Friday night, he did it a couple of times (before we rode).....and now today, he did it four times.
What can I do?
I don't want him to get to the point where, every time he sees me coming at him int he pasture, he takes off running because he doesn't want me to catch him. So far, he's really easy to catch....I don't want this "I don't want to move" problem to develope into something more serious.
How can I make him move while leading him?
I told a friend what he's been doing, and he suggested giving him a little (just a handful) of grain right after I get him out of the pasture. He said the horse will be really willing then, because he'll learn that he gets a little treat if he's good. But, I don't really want to rely on "treats" or a food reward, to get my horse to do what I want him to. The owner of the boarding place is a great trainer....really great guy, with lots of horse sense. He said with this Anderson round pen work, the horse eventually will learn that he is safe with you, and will want to be around/near you. He said this will most times make the horse easier to catch, and easier to handle (because the horse is comfortable being with you). He said the people that go into the pasture with treats and food to catch their horses, are going about it the wrong way. Is this true?