Do something different. Instead of always correcting him, and feeling like you're constantly telling him he's doing the wrong thing, how about switching it up a bit and go with his ideas. So your going around and he's bent the other way. So what. Bend him the way he wants..try making what he's doing part of your aids..so that in reality, you're always working together, and not against each other. Little by little you'll find by doing that he's not thinking about his own agenda and he's just going with you because you're going with him. You can go it in alot of way too. Like, ever ridden a horse who jumps from right to left, or left to right? My horse did- bad. So after 1 lesson of telling her to jump from right to left, when I wanted her to ride straight, there she was. Horses go far with us when there is more reward than punishment. Especially if they don't understand. It's easy to get sucked in that everything must be "just so" and that if it isn't, then it's not right. I look at thing from a little different perspective. Say your horse leans in one direction. Well, you go with it until you feel him adjust his balance, and then you ride off straight again. Or you have a lazy horse and you're trotting around your ring. Instead of the annoying nagging game, ride him into a downward transition the second you feel him decide to slow down and then bump him back up into trot. Pretty soon, it's easier to remain steady and forward than doing so many transitions. And all the while, you are keeping him on your aids. It may not be "picture-perfect" or show ring material, but you're on your way to a more pleasant partnership with your horse. :) LOVE the paint pony, btw. ;) Im partial to paints.
Last edited by koomy56; 02-19-2009 at 02:18 AM.