07-09-2012, 10:45 PM
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I don't know if you can make it pleasurable for him. He has to decide to enjoy it on his own. What you can do is to make him work. Then he will start to enjoy himself when he gets over his rebellion.
One thing that has helped me a lot with my horse is working at home in the arena. She is getting better at responding to me at home and it translates into doing better on the trail. The horse that I am working with now is more difficult than ones that I have worked with in the past. She would prefer to be the boss. Just being consistent and riding her fairly often is starting to pay off.
Keep on riding him. Ride him often. He should get used to working for a living eventually. I work a job. I like my job pretty much, but after a vacation, I would rather stay home. I get used to being lazy and doing things on my own agenda. Once I get back into the swing of things, I don't really mind it so much. I suspect horses feel the same way.