1. I have only ridden one other horse this lazy. And I rode that horse only once for like, ten to twenty minutes. This horse I'm going to be riding every day for like, an hour. He doesn't want to trot, canter, or move much at all.
2. The last horse I rode that was this Gate Sour was a pony. A lot easier to control a 12 hand pony than a 15-16 hand horse with a strong neck. Every time I ride towards the gate (it's a roundpen), he slows, and pulls hard towards the gate. And it takes almost all my strength to get him back on course... which leaves me half a circle to continue with. And I don't get how to make him less gate sour... my arms start hurting! (and I've done leg pressure, waving my hand on that side, speeding up heading towards the gate, etc)
3. I'd like to do trails, and I have one question: Is it better to post to the trot or sit to it on trails? It seems that I'm doing really well sitting to the trot (for a few minutes), while my posting goes all over the place. I'm just kind of out of shape... but I'm doing Pilates every night to help that.