Kubie has been trained using conventional methods for his 27 years. He leads well, is usually responsive when I ride him (except to leg aids), and usually respects my space. He will only move if I cluck to him no matter how soft or hard I push to get him to move, and he tends to crowd me when I walk through the pasture (he was given lots of treats in his previous home). He is not as sensitive and responsive to my commands as Scotch is. Is this because Kubie is older, or we don't have a good enough relationship yet...?
Kubie doesn't have any big behavioral issues, but he doesn't feel "connected" to me in the way that my other horses are, especially Scotch. I've been riding Kubie more to develop my riding skills--he is a safe and sane mount. I just wish we had more of a understanding of each other.
My father fears I would be "ruining a perfectly good horse" by trying to teach him more "natural" ways of communication. That I should leave well enough alone. Maybe I should, and concentrate my NH stuff with Scotch?
Opinions? Advice? Anything else?