I still have yet to update my journal but I am having some difficulties riding Matt. (The sweet fifteen year old part Morgan I am leasing. Keep in mind he has not been ridden in a very long time.) I took him out to ride yesterday, which would be the third time I rode him, and we started out fine. The owner of the barn where I am leasing had her horse out there as well and was lunging(?) him. Matt didn't seem to mind. We kept to our half of the arena and they kept to their half. I walked him for a while, trying to keep him going deep into corners and against the rails and not all over the place like he seems to prefer (I can already tell this is getting better from the few times I have ridden him.) We went into trot and it went fairly well, compared to the first two times. It was much smoother and put together, I think I was doing my part well and he was doing his part well. He was in no hurry or rush and we could keep a good pace. We went back and forth between trotting and walking.
Then the owner got up on her horse and we walked next to each other with our horses. Finally, the owner left the arena with her horse.
At that point is when he started acting out. He kept trying to go to the gate (which is something he has done a little bit of before but never this bad.) When we would trot away from the gate, he would go slow and would not go in a straight line, trying to curve his way around to the direction of the gate. If I did get him to the other end of the arena, when we turned around, he would trot super fast and then begin cantering towards the gate. We were just an overrall mess and I'm not sure how to deal with this. I know the horses are very attached to each other but we should be able to still ride without him freaking like that, you know. I'm usually quite gentle so I am trying to be firmer with him, forcing him to go the direction he doesn't want to go and stopping him if he goes into canter.
I'm just having trouble containing him with this happens, and I need some help. How should I work on this? Am I doing something wrong? Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated as I am going back out there today.