Originally Posted by WinstonH123
YES! That's exactly what he does! So I should work on walking then transition to trot then walk again and work on that?
Well, I'm no expert on these matters, but with my horse, doing a bunch of transitions does sometimes help focus his attention, especially if it's happening early in a session. It's Dubbin's way of saying "I don't wanna, and you can't make me!" If he continues doing it after a bit of work and/or shows other signs of general disobedience, I sometimes find that simply making a point of holding a crop while riding him can be enough to persuade him to settle down. I rarely need to use it, but he knows what it means - "shut up and listen, she's serious!" He also recognises a short throaty growl noise as meaning "behave, dammit!" and will often respond to that. And if neither of those do the trick, it may well be that persistence helps - just keeping on asking him to do stuff, a heel in the ribs or a growl if he misbehaves, and an enthusiastic "good boy!" if he does it right. If all else fails, dismounting and spending a good half hour or more doing groundwork exercises will usually put him in a more cooperative frame of mind, particularly if it's stuff he has to really think about - learning a new trick, or maybe some desensitisation work for something he finds a bit challenging. It gets him focussed on something other than "I don't wanna!", and eventually he forgets to be pissy and disobedient.