If its not pain related.
Some may say I am crazy, but you said at one point he was relaxed and you felt he was being lazy. "FOR A TIME" if he his being lazy but relaxed let him be lazy. If you are working on teaching him to relax then let him relax, let it be lazy ugly. Once he find its much easier to relax and stay relaxed you can always pick up other things. But for awhile, if relaxation is what you want then let him relax if his head set is off, let it, if he is not collected,let it go, if your posting on the "wrong" diagonal leave it, if he's not going in a strait line leave it. Remember, we are working on relax, worry about head set and collection later. One thing at a time. If you get him relaxed but he feels lazy or not collected and you ask him to collected or to speed up, you just ask him not to relax, than you release the pressure because he collected or speed up, you just rewarded you horse to NOT be relaxed. Reward what you want, at this point we're not working perfection we are working one issue. Hope I was a help, good luck
Last edited by CowboyBob; 02-14-2013 at 02:46 PM.