My Horse has never been the most forward going. If you push him to go forward faster, he stops or does not react to aids. He does not canter very often under saddle as he is lazy and unbalanced.
I have been told by instructor to practice transitions (walk - trot) so my horse is quicker to react off a squeeze ready for competitions. Which i totally agree with so it looks tidier and so i can be more accurate so am trying to do this.
However my horse does not react to whips or kicks or squeezes if he doesnt want to or cant be bothered. To be honest, hes quite dis-respectful. If swishes his tail, and slows down whih is very irritating. He makes the rider work hard, which i find quite draining.
I have been told to squeeze once and if nothing, a squeeze and a tap of the schooling whip to reinforce, but it still takes my horse a while to respond.
When lungeing, i have to ask once and wait for a short moment before he walks or trots, as if i push him to do it faster, he turns and looks asif to say 'don't push me'. You could chase him with a whip, and he'd do nothing. Its almost asif he doesnt listen sometimes.
What should i be doing?
What am i doing wrong?
Do i just need to practice practice practice?
How can i make him more responsive?
.... His saddle teeth etc have all been checked recently so no pain related issues.
He is making it difficult for me to ride, as i get nakerd after half an hour becos he happily lets me push him along without him repsonding.