Okay, so I know that horses will choose the path of least resistance but with incentive (humans :P ) they will usually get up and go.
Right now I am working with a lazy horse that has been partially leased by someone who is VERY passive and she lets this guy get away with murder. If he doesnt feel like walking she will just sit there on him waiting for him to choose to walk.
Now that I am working/riding him and have done some ground work with him to build respect, when I ride him I can usually get him up and going with voice cues/leg pressure. However there are times when he still tests the waters and tries to pull his dead horse act so just in case I carry a crop to show him if he balks....showing it to him makes him respond immediately.
So the question is....I would like to start doing various events with him, possibly gymkhana....and I don't want to be relying on a crop when he gets in a mood, besides it will look kind of silly. What would you suggest? Any kind of training or tools besides spurs?
*Additional question about this guy, he seems to be cinch sour...he does minimally better with a western type cinch but when I ride him English, due to the nature of the girth it is harder to ease it on really slowly.....as a result he tries to bite. At this point all I have to do is start to say "Ahhh" if I see him turning and pinning at me and he moves away immediately....but I want to curb this behavior entirely if possible.
Thanks so much and I know this was a lengthy post.