01-18-2009, 10:38 PM
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Dressage whip. I am assuming he is very green?
He has to get out of the 'stopping' mentality quickly. It can lead to a multitude of problems (bucking, rearing, kicking, traveling sideways, not wanting to turn). It is a lack of forward motion.
If he understands that leg pressure means 'go now', then carry the dressage whip. Ask him lightly with the legs. When he decides he doesn't feel like going, tap/smack with the whip--whatever it takes to get him to move forward. (Try this OFF of the saddle to make sure he doesn't buck and WILL go forward with the tap of the whip). Do NOT nag him with your legs--that just teaches him to ignore the aid.
When you ask for a walk/trot, he needs to respond, and with purpose! Don't let him lollygag, and don't continually urge him forward with your legs. If he decides he doesn't feel like walking any more and you didn't ask him to stop, a pop of the whip would be appropriate.