I am new here, been riding just a year and a half and I love it. Not had a lot of bad falls yet, but its all waiting. I go out on the trails at least once weekly, and yesterday I was asked to ride a lovely grey boy, Ben. He's just 15.3hh, and usually works great in the arena, has a lovely jump, gorgeous smooth paces. I rode him around the arena a few times for a warm up, then set off on a hack with my friend. He was very nice on the 15 minute roadwork to get to the trails, very patient at having to have his top speed a trot. We got to the trails, a lovely 2.3 miles of open riding, with plenty of plantation, I just let him go for a good canter. My friend, who was riding a pretty bay called Clyde at the time, had got a nice canter going. I gave Ben a little nudge, and he broke into a trot. I nudged again, and nothing. It was then time for a little tap with my crop. He broke into a canter then, but it was very restless and he broke back into trot after a few strides.
I'm a little worried, Ben is our stable angel. The saddler was here this morning, fitting a little welsh pony's saddle. There's no tack problems, and Ben is a happy healthy boy. What could have been wrong? Another rider has said she can't get him going either. Its not me thats doing it then.
Any advice / questions welcome. Thanks!