Rebel is one of those horses that absolutely, ALWAYS knows when he is on the spot. Here's the story....
First dressage show with him he wouldn't even get in the arena because he was spooking at the fences and cones and judge's trailer. Second show he got in the arena, but it was BAD. Running for the gate, breaking his stride, cross cantering....I ended up just going off course and taking a minute to correct him before continuing the test.
Well, third and final show of the year and he gets his leads, but is still having issues transitioning down the gaits when in certain arena spots (I.e. Headed towards the gate of judges trailer, both he now seems to be very fond of.)
At home is an ANGEL. He's always been a bit hard on his mouth (Since I got him) but he always will eventually do as I ask if I ask right.
I tried putting vicks on his nose, just because I was at a loss. I guess I just have to show him more....But the thing is, I took him into the arena after that when it was set up but we weren't competing and he was FINE. Didn't even bat an eye or spook like he normally does.