Last lesson my trainer was preparing me and another student for our riding exam. Everything was going well, except for the side pass. I've done it at the trot with X before. Last lesson though, he either didn't understand what I was asking, or he figured but didn't feel like doing it unless I made it absolutely clear I meant business. Well I tried, but it didn't work.
I was told to direct his head to the outside, and push with my calf so he moved to the inside. However, he just kept going strait. My trainer thought I wasn't being tough enough so she kept insisting that I push harder (I swear I was turning blue from the effort) and then she told me to be firmer and kick and shove him to the side if I had too so I won and he didn't... but that just made him break into a trot, or when I was at a trot already, he thought I wanted a canter so sped up. I was getting so frustrated from the cold I had, from my trainer who didn't realize I was trying to push him to the side with all the force I had.
ANy ideas of what I was doing wrong or what I could do to make him side pass? When he's going slow or being a little pig headed, a tap with the crop puts everything in order, but I didn't want to hit him in case he actually DIDN'T get what I was asking him.
Maybe it was the bit (that was bothering him) and enticing him to not listen. He will have a different bit next lesson.