Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Welcome to the forum. Congrats on your new QH, and don’t despair. You’ll get it figured out!
Here’s my 2 cents. Sounds like he was trained to tune out light cues. I’d go back to basics and do ground work. If you can’t get his attention to stay on you, chances are you won’t get anywhere. You need to work with him in a manner that he understands that it’s time to work.
Personally I do that in a round pen and no lunge line and really work on one thing, working him hard enough that he has to pay attention. The less attention I have from the horse, the more aggressive my body language (and lunge whip) become and I ask for lots of transitions and changes in direction. The moment he starts to look to the inside (at me), keep an ear on me and start to lick or chew i let off the pressure. The moment I lose his attention, I up the pressure in a big way. At no point would I work a horse so he’s hurt, but a disrespectful horse is not a safe horse.l so you can’t be afraid to make him go. Once you have his attention on you and he ignores everything else, and you can get him to w/t/c in both directions, (and preferably turn into you when changing directions) then you can do the same thing in the saddle. Put him through his paces and if he starts to show attitude, then work him in right circles. The more you get his feet to move, the faster he will figure that ok you know what you’re doing and will start to respect you. Don’t punish him with spurs or harsh bits. This will take some work but it is achievable. You can also look up some training videos on YouTube. Lots of trainers and lots of different approaches. Pick one and stick with it for a while.
If the only ride you’re getting is where he wants to go, that means he is in control and you’re just a passenger who he tolerates (for now), more misbehaviours will start and in a hurry if it’s not nipped in the bud.
Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
By the way, if you don’t have a round pen available, it’s more difficult but the same thing can be achieved while lunging.