I'm kind of going through this with my gelding right now. He is 12, ex-eventer, great manners on the ground, but once I'm on his back, it's like he has forgotten what is expected of him. He doesn't buck or rear, but he's so distant when we are working. He looks every direction, sniffs here, glares over there. It's easy to fix most of the time, I just have to give him a little squeak or ease him down and his ears are back on me. The problem is, when he gets distracted, he goes off pace, or breaks our straight line, or goes faster, or slower, or whatever he pleases.
We are having halting problems too. I have tried loose rein, pulling back, disengaging my legs, leaning back in the saddle... All with little effect. He is an OTTB, so he has gas pedal issues. And walk off issues. Just a slew of issues. My plan is to go back to the round pen. I don't plan on being aggressive or unfair, but I need to push him on the ground and make him understand that he needs to listen to me. Not the sound of his herd munching on hay, or the tractor across the field, ME. He has had it pretty easy for the last 5 months and it shows.
Patience, time, and consistency. That's all it takes. Hang in there!
"A rider who would trade partnership for obedience
will have to settle for neither."
Last edited by QuietHeartHorses; 11-29-2012 at 02:07 AM.