Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
Sounds like a lazy disrespectful horse to me. The way my coach explained it made a lot of sense so I'm going to give it a shot and tell you what she told me...
If a horse is so sensitive they can feel a fly land on them they really should have no problem feeling your leg and should respond off of the lightest of cues. So working from the ground, take your crop and start at the bottom of the fetlock at his hind legs and tap with your crop until he takes a step (not just lifting his feet, actually moving) getting harder until he does. Then move up the hock and do the same thing until he moves, if he doesn't understand go back down to the spot you were previously tapping and start over again. Continue this all the way up his hind legs, fetlock, hock, gaskin, rump and then where your leg should be, both sides, until he is moving off of the taps. Get on and the same thing, ask ONCE for an upward transition and if you don't get it with that one ask give a tap (hard enough to get a response) right behind your leg, trot a few steps come back to walk and do it again, continue until your horse is working off of light cues. This should translate into your work KEEPING him at a nice steady trot as well, get him respecting your leg.