I often face this question. Two things you can look into and do! One) it could be pain related, so. Have your saddle checked, ulcers and how often does he see the chiropractor? Two) He might be struggling mentally, he’s probably bored and all he knows is. “Jump.jump.jump.” Switch it up for awhile, try something new. Get him thinking! Then take him back, he’ll be a brand new horse. Good luck!
Does he have a long back? I read in the jumping section of a conformation book awhile back that a long back often gets them winded quicker and come across as lazy as a result. Turned out that my friend’s 17.2 dutch was sold to her because of that reason. Just a thought - If not, try getting out of the arena and see if that changes anything.. sometimes they get bored
Get super enthusiastic before and during your ride, you getting excited will often get him excited
Thank you everyone! I’m going to give this all a tey
Get out of the school and go galloping across some fields, a change of scenery does them a world of good 😊
Ask with your calf then add just a little bit of spur but using crops sometimes can make it worse well it did with my geldings and then it they don’t pick it up after 2-3 strides stop back up and try again. Use backing as a displinary you are improving 2 things at once your backing and transitions.
Work on getting him to respond to your aids, when you want him to walk, make him walk and at the speed you would like, then reward him by lightning your aids. Don’t keep pushing, it’s his jobs to carry you but make sure you reward. Work on this with everything, he must listen to you but you must be quick to reward him when he does. Also a polite aid first, a squeeze with your calf muscle, then progress to a small kick if no response, then use of the spur then kick and crop behind you leg. Next time see if we responds with the lighter aid and reward.
I’m very gentle with him and I don’t let him get away with ignoring my cues but he won’t pick anything up right away. It takes him a bit. And that won’t work for shows!