Suggestions for balking/bucking?
I have a 6 year old OTTB, adopted a year ago. I'm 53, riding again for 2 years after 4 successful local hunter/jumper show years in my teens & playing polo in college. (meaning:I'm a solid rider but not the bravest of us...) Currently riding my boy under a good trainer 3-5 days a week.
My challenge with Worthy is bucking and balking. For those who do Parelli, he's a clear Left Brain Introvert. He is slow/sluggish at the start of a ride (better if I lunge him first), and is fine/forward moving when we're jumping (loves it!) or on the trail, but apt to react to a cue to trot or canter with pinned ears and/or a buck when asked to move forward on the flat. He's willing to move forward after doing tight circles (the easy way out) and I am continuing to do Parelli level 1 games with him.
Does anyone have good suggestions as to how to minimize the bucking and balking? His teeth are fine, no back pain, no other health issues.
Thanks for any assistance!