I am having trouble getting my horse to walk out of his paddock. He is fine to catch but as soon as we get out of the gate he wont walk any furthuer. he doesnt look scared nor does he move backwards he just wont move forward. Ive tried bribing, circling him, getting behind him. After circling him for 20 mins he usually moves but that cuts into our riding time and i feel like he may start to feel more dominat over me if he gets away with it. Everyday its starting to get longer and longer to get him to move. His past story is that before i bought him he hadnt been ridden in 9 months and he always seemed to be slow walking from the paddock to the barn. Once he is all tacked up he is fine and we usually have a great ride. But if i dont fix this problem his ridding time will be cut into and he might start to think he is the boss in our relationship. Please help!!!!
he is thinking he is boss, and you are confirming that.
you are "asking" him more than enough. TELL him. that means that you must approach this with a very firm attitude of absolute success. you do not go over with a mental state of "maybe I can get him to go", or "I'm going to try this". you have already "tried". now, DO.
I know that sounds odd, but the level of commitment you approach something with will totally affect the outcome, especially with horses.
take a dressage whip and get him to move his feet. it doesn't matter if he circles or moves backward, at first, just get him to see that you mean business and you CAN move his feet. then start walking forward. If he doesn't follow, stay facing the direction you want to go, but reach around with your hand that is not holding the leadline and move the whip or use the whip to put some pressure on his flank (as far back as you can reach without turning completely around). he'll break out of his brace and may move sideways. if he tries to back, hold on the rope, keep moving his feet and when he choose something other than backing up, stop the pressure from the whip and allow him to move freely , even if it's more sideways than forward. Try again: walk forward, if he resists, reach around and put pressure on his flank with your whip or with the long tail end of the leadrope if it's lone enough. when he moves forward, stop the pressure and walk on.