We've had a trainer out who looked at him and said he's 'very VERY well broke' but he's got lots of little problems that need to be addressed, that I will admit probably stemmed from my mistraining.
We bought him because he was 'perfect', although he was a few hours away so we basically paid for him sight unseen, with a three month no-questions money-back guarantee, so it sounded pretty legitimate.
We got him in October of last year, he was five years old, good and sturdy with his walk/trot/canter, he'd initially been broke Western, was switching to English and they'd had him jumping to 3'6 with "potential to go higher", he was five at the time, and still labelled green broke.
We didn't do too much though the winter- we didn't have a proper arena, but we rode when we could, and in the beginning of summer things were rusty but not terrible, so we decided to just tough it out. WELL THEN, things started going hugely downhill.
Ground manners -solved. He was pushy and disrespectful, big and he KNEW IT. He wouldn't let you put the halter on/bridle on, but I cracked down on that, and now he's A LOT better, to the point where he'll follow at a respectful distance around the field, without so much as a hand on him and stand quietly, etc.
His BIGGEST problem is that he REFUSES to move forward, and I personally think he's just being stubborn. I know he had teeth problems, they were sharp and hurting his mouth, but we got his teeth done and a week later I hoped on and he was SO. MUCH. BETTER. Before he would stop, stand in one place and refuse to move, that ride I got him to walk/trot/canter happily, but he actually worked *gasp* and decided that he didn't want to do that again, so it got progressively worse over a few days and we're back at square one.
I dont' longe, I should, but I was only recently taught and am not exactly confident. I've played around with him on a short line, halter and riding crop in an enclosed paddock and he did fine, he was moving freely and nicely at the walk and trot, paying attention and doing his work. After a week of that we moved to the arena with an actual line/whip and WOAH, he nearly pulled me over, galloped around me and started to buck/rear. I KNOW I should have stuck with it, but I don't have much experience with it and didn't know how to deal with it without getting hurt, so I handwalked him and let him go, and haven't yet gone back to the paddock.
SO, I don't think he's sore, because I KNOW he can move freely, and I know it isn't his saddle because more often than not I'm riding bareback (he's one of THOSE horses that's more like a sofa with legs).
Any suggestions on how to get him moving forward? ANYTHING AT ALL? He's built kinda downhill, but I don't think that'd be such a hue problem, haha.
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