Hi I have a gelding called Victor who is an ex Hong Kong racehorse. He's very quiet and friendly and easy to handle. I'm told he's used to travelling on airplanes and living the racing life in Hong Kong. When he came into my care I was told he was a 'kick along' kind of horse. I've found even firm leg bumps don't bring consistent response. He's sound and will walk forward on the lead without protest. It's just when a rider is sitting on him he often won't budge from a standstill. We've tried the giddy up rope and he seemed to respond initially but he's so relaxed he's now desensitised to it and ignores it. It seems like a rider could stand up on his back and dance the hula and he wouldn't bat an eyelid. He's been a 'city boy' and it's taken him some adjustment to the more natural way of a horse's life. (For example the first time he walked under a tree branch in the paddock and it poked him he came rushing out - it's like he's previously been 'bubble-wrapped'.) Someone paid over $100,000 for him as a foal so I guess they took real extra care of him. Does anyone know much about life for race horses in Hong Kong and can tell me more which might shed some light on his too easy-goingness? Has anyone got some helpful advice - which doesn't involve pain or fear as a motivation to get him moving more enthusiastically and willingly?