Need help getting horse moving
First of all, I am pretty much a beginner at this. I was somewhat interested and involved with horses as a youngster. Now that my son has reached 10 years old he has taken an interest in riding. He has been taking riding lessons and is learning alot, even teaching me some of the things he has learned. Now that the introduction is done, here is our dilema. My wife's parents have 3 horses. One is about 25 years old, one is about 14(paint horse) and one is about 10 years old(palamino). All of the horses are mares. The 14 year old paint is the horse we are working with. She was broke by a local trainer about 10 years ago and I rode her a few times after this and she was definitely green broke, but still rideable. Recently, after spending many hours in the pasture with the horses over about a 3 week period I decided to get brave and get the saddle out. I saddled the paint and rigged her up with our bridle that has a snaffle bit. I mounted the saddle and she stood perfectly still. Great right. Well, that's all she did. She wouldn't move an inch. I squeezed in with my legs and also tried to gently bump my heels to get her to move, no luck. The next day I put on the bridle and just hopped on bareback. She did fine and gentle, but still would not move for me. I would lead her away from the other horses, hop on, and she would move, but only toward the other horses and would not take direction from me to turn either way. Later that afternoon my son and I walked out to the big pasture, haltered the palamino, bridled the paint and led the palamino in to the water trough. The paint followed with my son aboard, but still would not take any input from us on direction or move when we wanted her to. She would only move when the palamino did and only in the direction of the water trough.(BTW the trough is our usual meeting place with them and nearby where we pet and groom them). I really don't want to use spurs to get this girl moving, that's why I am posting here in the Natural Horseman section. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am sure that with a little more time and patience we will be able to make some progress on our own, but I just want to make sure we are headed in the right direction. Thanks, Mike and son Dallas.