Stubborn new horse?
This is my first post and I am posting it because I am frustrated and so sad that I cannot stand it!
I grew up riding horses and worked at a therapy horse stable for the last couple years. I have never, however, been the sole caregiver or owner of a horse.
My husband and I had the opportunity to help my sister-in-law by taking in a 9 year old Arabian gelding that her mares were not being kind to. He's lovely.
Knowing that horses are herd animals and that the Arabian (Romeo) has always been among other horses, we also bought a 3 year old barrel prospect Quarter Horse very very inexpensively so he would have a friend.
Her previous owners have been riding her since she was 2 and she rode beautifully for them. Ran barrel patterns like a champ. Walked, trotted, cantered with just vocal commands and with just leg commands. She seemed perfect for us. Very mellow when not riding, sweet as can be.
Well, we've begun riding her now that they are settled in. The first ride was good. We trotted around and took a little walk around the land to let her see her new home. And I lunged her a couple times and she did okay, although she could use some ground work. The next ride she began to stop and not go no matter what we do. Now, she is downright stubborn...or lazy...or rebellious. I don't know! She digs in and just STANDS THERE.
WHAT DO I DO? Leg pressure doesn't phase her, kicking a bit does nothing, tapping her butt does nothing.
HELP. I am so afraid I bought a lazy horse!
(And please don't get onto me for being a dummie! I am learning/relearning as I go. I am doing my best, I assure you!)