Cooper is a talented young horse which he has proven on his own but when I ride him and ask him to do anything he won't or is very pokey. I lunge him and then he follows any advice

Tilly used to be the same way she actually used to throw fits. But I found just being consistent and pushing her she came through and now is doing incredible!
Sounds like you really need to get after this horse. Make a firm or scary sound with your voice. My favorite is "hey!" Or "get up there!" I've also had to take the reins with one hand and reach back and give a good smack. It usually only takes one or two times of that to get the message across if he's bright. Best of luck!
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