Planting feet and refusing to move.
This weekend I ran into a little bit of a problem with my horse. I decided to ride my horse all the way up to my trainers house, which is like a 10 min walk from the barn my horse is at because she has a jump course with a newly put up indoor, so she can still do her lessons with the snow. Yes, I did ask her if I could use it. :]
She was at her barn doing a lesson while I was training my horse to get used to the indoor. I have another thread in the 'horse talk' section about my horse being freaked about the indoor. He was sweating, pawing, pacing but, it wasn't any worse than that which, was a plus because I know it could have gotten way worse and that was outside of the indoor.
I walked him in and he was pacing more so I worked him a little bit whilst, I was talking to him and trying to keep him calm but, than he just stopped and planted his feet there and didn't move but, at all. I had my trainer tap him on his ass, I moved to the side of him because, I was infront of him and I figured it was because of that and that didn't work, I tried making him go in a circle and he moved forward like 2 steps and than stopped and didn't move again. Nothing I did seemed to work while on the ground so, my trainer suggested getting on him and try doing it that way, and that worked to some extent but, in some areas he would do sort of like a sidepass/crowhop/back-up thing and he even backed up into my trainers horse.
Now, I'm debating if the show is even worth it to go to. If he pulls, what he pulled the other day than I'm going to look like an idiot in the ring and it'll look like I don't know what I am doing. I even tried to kick him forward and he wasn't listening. I didn't try the crop but, maybe I should have. I am probably going to end up not doing the show depending on what his attitude is Tuesday & Wednesday in the indoor. I have to also, do his feet before the show and, I have to do them in the freezing cold!
How can I get him through this? Should I cancel going to the show? Do you think it's something he'll get over?
I'm going to keep working him in the indoor, no matter what so he'll get over his little fear. How can I get him to move his feet when he does plant his feet? And, how can I be prepared for it the next time?
Any help is appreciated! :]