What a versatile guy he is! How tall? He seems a nice handy size for kids and vaulting and cutting!
Is he only reactive when working cows? He seems dead broke for a young horse, almost Fjord-like!
I love that you know the story of your gift saddle, that's a nice way to be reminded of your grandpa. <3
I am confident that all that is needed is a grippy neoprene girth for the propane tank guys. I use a Professional's Choice neoprene for the english saddle and it has never slipped on Nash. They make them in Western, too, I'm sure little girl will be safe!
I have a smooth leather dressage girth for the Barefoot bareback pad. I put it on Nash to exercise him in the arena. It just SPINS around his torso! And that pad has a non-slip backing. So the right girth(cinch) seems to be key.
Thanks for your suggestion! But I don't think the problem is that he doesn't understand what I want. I was asking gently, I did not try asking firmly because I was so shocked he did not just leap right into it. Forward has never been a problem. He walks and trots if I just think of it, from the start. I just felt so sorry for him that he was stressed. He was tossing his head and ducking and trying to trot the other way and hide in the corner where the door is. That is not him. He is normally happy and eager to do things. I like his eagerness.
So after many minutes of me clucking and urging, I backed off. He was reluctant to go riding for days after. I'd like to give him time to think about it. I like a happy haflinger. I'm going to ask him periodically unti he agrees to try because he wants to. I don't think I'll be waiting too long because his canter has improved so much since last spring. He used to always get the wrong lead and not be able to switch it. Or not know he was supposed to switch it. It was really funny watching him go around the arena on the wrong lead. Goofy!