I recently moved to a new riding school and it is way better than all my other ones in every single way APART from the fact that when/if there is a horse in front and your behind them the instructors tell you to follow the horse when you're doing shapes. And now whenever im in a group lesson the pony I ride won't do a thing I say.
When were doing shapes and the horse infront cut off a letter and I try to go to the letter, my pony will follow it if if I try my hardest by kicking and using leg steering, 99% of the time my pony won't listen and will just turn it's head in the direction im pulling but will keep following the other horse. Also when im trying to canter him sometimes he can do it but most of the time he keeps going back to trot no matter how much I kick him, and when he is cantering and I try to steer him he doesn't listen to my commands. Also when im jumping I try to curve towards the jump but he doesn't listen and won't canter when I want him too.
When im in front he will never go fast he will either do a very slow trot or take ages to get into a trot.
I've been at this riding school for a month (been riding for 4 years previously) and the only time i've managed to get the horse to do something is when either it is just a private lesson or if the instructor waves a lunging whip at him but he slows down afterwards.
(I have only ever used my own whip in the private lesson and halfway through the lesson I got rid of the whip and he listened for the rest of the lesson)
Do you think he is like this because at this school the riders are told to follow the horse infront or am I doing something really wrong?
Please help im getting so frustrated =(