Originally Posted by piftisha
A lot of school horses are like that - they're usually school horses because they're dead safe and bombproof, and as a consequence are quity lazy and subborn.
And not only riding school horses
My Cindy has become very much like this recently - I start off getting her going quite nicely and then after a short time, she just decides she's had enough and stops
There is absolutely no point trying to insist she trots round the school or whatever when she is like this, because she just will not comply. Then I get cross with her and then get cross with myself for losing my temper with my precious darling!
So what I usually do with her when she decides she's had enough, is let her have a rest for a few minutes (just to give her the benefit of the doubt in case she is genuinely tired - although I suspect this is not the case most of the time!). I then do a very short, focussed session with her to try to get her attention - about 6 strides of walk, then halt, then 6 strides of walk again, few strides of trot, back to halt, walk, change rein etc etc. After a couple of minutes of this, I let her have another rest, then go again for a few minutes. This can sometimes work in getting her going again...although not always, I have to admit!