I have an 18 y/o gelding that I am just now starting to ride since he's getting up to his correct weight. He was a rescue, so I really don't know his history other than in his prime he was a roping horse.
My problem is that under saddle, all he knows how to do is run. In a straight line. If I hold him back or correct him, he crow hops. I can stop him, but he trembles (excitement, not nervousness) until I ask him to move forward and he takes off again.
On the lunge, I have no problems asking for a walk and trot.
I've retrained OTTBs, but usually once they learn how to give to the bit, they're a cinch. This horse is already super broke in the face and can collect gorgeously--at the lope only!
I'm sure he just needs more time, but I was wondering if anyone has any tips or experiences they'd like to share? Hopefully I'll have him tuned up enough to take him to ranch sorting competitions by next year!