He LOVES to jump and will be a fun jumper, but to get him to that point he needs to build up muscle tone on the flat...and he hates it so he fights. You can see, vicious cycle. I have direct access from my house to 25,000 acres of trails...but no one to ride with. He not a spooky horse, and the few times I've ridden him up the road a bit he loved it...but would feel more comfortable with another horse. Personally, I don't know the forest at all, so I'm not comfortable riding alone b/c a) I don't know the forest/trails b) if something were to happen...I'd be alone: safety.
My landlords own a big QH barn behind me, and a big group goes out on trails every Sun. Am...when I'm at church. They said they'd spread the word among the boarders that I'm looking for a riding companion...but I'm not expecting much to come of it.
So, to give him something to do mentally as well as build up his muscles some, I introduced a few ground poles. He likes the idea, but he's a clutz. BIG time. He keeps kicking the pole (usually with his back feet) and he HATES it. He can handle 2 poles okay when they're about 8 strides apart, but any closer and he starts bumping the poles and it irritates him.
Do y'all have any advice?