I am seeking some advice from fellow riders, I have been showing and training hunter/ jumper horses for over 15 years, and I have ridden some lazy horses, but this one takes the cake. I have had the vet out, no health problems, farrier, no problems again, checked his feed with an equine nutritionist, no issues.
So here is the problem, I was sought out to train a 10 year old 16.2 ex- reiner quarter horse. I have been riding this horse for about 6 weeks now and I notice small improvements in responsiveness to aids and slight improvements to forwardness, but he still refuses to track up. I usually ride with 1/4 inch solid spurs and have even gone out and purchased 3/4 inch spurs that did not help. I never ride with a whip but have started to to increase motivation. One would think this would work, but it does not, he rather does small bucks to show his disapproval. I have tried transitions walk-trot, halt-trot, even thrown in some dressage to get him sitting on his behind to build muscle (thought out-of-shape may be the issue). Getting this gelding to canter is beyond tricky.
I am out of ideas... Can anyone shed some light on my problem?