Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Does your horse lunge?
If he's rusty on his lunging, I would maybe try going back to that first.
He should be walking, trotting, and loping on command (I use "walk" for walk, one click of the tongue for trot, and two clicks for lope). Also, when I say whoa, my horses know that they should be stopping right quick.
Just don't get too over clicky if he doesn't repsond right away. Click once, if he doesn't go click again after a few seconds. Then step forward and force him to move forward with your body language until he learns that your cues need to be taking right seriously.
If he does lunge well and is responsive to your cues, then I'd do just as JustDressageIt has suggested, as that's my basic principles for starting younger horses.
It could be because he's a confident enough horse, he just doesn't want to listen to you and he knows that if he ignores you long enough, you'll get tired of asking him and give up and he wins.
Or, he just really doesn't know what you want of him, where the lunging will really help clear up that grey area.
If you try the lunging and that still doesn't work (or he knows and it's not working), try just asking him to move his hips over.
Put your leg behing his girth and bump him until he shifts to whatever direction your asking him to go.
But remember that as soon as he moves even an inch, remove the pressure and let him stand for a minute to think about what happened.
Once he moves his hips around a few steps in each direction, he may get the idea that leg pressure means move, and he will eventually learn direction.