Won't walk, please help!
Hi guys, I've been loaning my 14.1hh Connemara gelding since June and we've bonded really well, he's an excellent, if a little stubborn ride, and perfect manners on the yard. However over the last couple of weeks he's started refusing to come in from the field. He trots up to me when I go to catch him and allows me to put the headcollar on but as soon as I ask him to walk on he throws his head up and starts walking backwards. If I keep insisting he'll try to spin around to shake me off. He's not scared of anything in the field and his fieldmates come in perfectly so I'm at a loss of what to do. Food doesn't work, he'll take a few steps before stopping again. Usually I have to get somebody else to come out with a whip to wave behind him which sometimes works but he'll be kicking out and dancing all over the place. He's starting to be a danger to the girls who have to catch him when the stable uses him for lessons on a Saturday and I've got no idea what to do to solve the problem. He gets two days off a week and is fed every day, never works that hard and gets plenty of hacks in his schedule so it's not like it's unpleasant for him to come in. We never used to have this problem, he used to be enthusiastic to come in every day! As soon as he comes onto the yard he's perfect in every way, manners are great etc so I don't know why he's such a pain in the field! He's too clever for his own good! Please help, skully xx