I've recently bought a 3 1/2 year old Percheron colt. I've been very excited about getting started with training..splurged on the Dually halter, got a round pen set up, etc.
I tried Join Up several weeks ago with him and it didn't go so well. He trotted off OK at first but after a couple of times around the pen he stopped. Dead stop. Wouldn't move. No matter what I did I could not make him move. He just stared at me like I'd hurt his feelings! After a while I decided to try again another time. Last week I tried again (I had him gelded so I had to give him time to heal). Same thing. He moved out OK (no hurry to leave me)and after a couple of laps he stopped and refused to move. I tried EVERYTHING, including yelling, flailing my arms with fingers open, staring him right in the eyes, squared myself to him, tossing the lunge line at his rear, flicking his heels with the tip of the whip, I cracked the whip on a metal roof right next to him, when all else failed I even threw a broom toward him! NOTHING. Didn't even lift a foot. He just stood there, planted, and looked at me. This is also a horse who when a large tree branch fell on his back recently after a storm he didn't even flinch, just turned his head and looked at the branch draped over his back walked to me and waited for me to drag it off of him.
I'm wondering how I can get him to join up if I can't get him to leave me! He does follow me around already in his pen. Can I proceed to further training without successfully having a join up? Any advice about how to get him to move?
Really, this horse isn't afraid of anything. His previous owner had a lion and a bear living with him (separate pens, of course). He has scars from an alleged attack by a Mastiff yet he has no problem with dogs running around him. He had never been in a trailer before and when I bought him he walked in my trailer the first time as if he'd been doing it for years. I'm starting to think that he is too smart for this stuff! Help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance.