*Arthur's 21, gaited, and a paso fino gelding
*We ride Western
*Arthur is well-trained, no vices except for needing Lulu (mentioned later in this paragraph)
*We walk, trot, canter, lope
*I'm not entirely sure how to ask for lead changes, nor when to ask for them. Arthur might change them naturally, but I don't know enough to know if he's on the correct lead.
*I can practice for the Fair a few times a week
*His conformation is good, but I can never critique my own horses' confo for some reason. Weird, right? I'll try to take a few pics to have critiqued
I'd like to do some Trail classes. Maybe a few Western Pleasure, a halter class if his confo is determined to be excellent, and maybe a walk, trot, canter class or something.
Arthur's one hangup is this: We bought Lulu, a miniature horse mare, to keep Arthur company since his best friend had died of founder. Arthur hated her. They annoyed the crap out of each other for a full year. However, when we bought a Paint Clydesdale gelding and a Welsh stallion, Arthur, being dominant, took to herding Lulu around incessantly. I couldn't ride Arthur now without ponying Lulu. It got really annoying, and has been going on for 2 years. I cannot ride Arthur anywhere without Lulu coming with us. He freaks, and does not cooperate. I try to assert myself and tell him who's boss by circling him in the back pastures. I make him walk away from the barn where Lulu is, and I have to kick him the whole way. He fights me the whole time. However, on the stretch of the circle heading in the direction of the barn, I have to keep him on such a tight rein. He just won't slow down. It is sooo annoying. He used to hate Lulu, but ever since we've had the stallion and the other gelding, he drives me insane. HAS to be near her. I can't groom him in cross ties without Lulu being there in the barn aisleway with him. How the heck can I stop this?? I obviously can't have her running behind us in the show ring at the fair! I know him. He won't perform if Lulu isn't there. And Lulu is not the best horse I've ever known. She bucks at Arthur the whole time we canter in the back fields, which gets Arthur going. If Lulu feels like hanging back on the ride, Arthur will wait for her and I can't get him to go forward!! Should I use spurs?? A crop?? I don't want to hurt him. Sorry for the really long explanation....Here's a video of us riding. You can see how Arthur's fine with Lulu following us, but when she slows down, he halts and waits. And I sit there kicking like a maniac trying to get him to move.
So my questions are this: What should/could we do at the fair, and how do I get Arthur to cooperate without Lulu being right there with us?