Originally Posted by caleb44
first of all he wouldnt even run around the round pen without me flicking a whip at him and second after he had his ear towards me and was slowing down everytime I let him stop he would just eat grass or stare into the distance. It was pointless.
The join up "thingy" is a lot more than just running the horse around in a circle...... If he did not
turn and face you when you let him stop because he gave you an ear, eye or was licking his lips, then those feet need to get moving again right now
. He keeps going until he responds in the appropriate manner. It's not pointless, your just not up to speed on join-up. Search on youtube, there are many good examples from well know trainers.
You didn't say how long you've had the horse, nor did you indicate if he has been looked at by a vet. Instead of using spurs and whips to get him to canter how about getting his body alignment checked out for pain issues.
How does he move at a canter on a line or in a round pen sans rider and saddle?
Have you checked your saddle fit?
You need to give him time to get to know you, to trust you, to have faith in you that your not just a person who hurts him.