Also, your horse isn't really trying to 'Please' you. He's trying to avoid the cue you would give him if he waited until you told him to. Such as, a squeeze of the leg or such. If he wants to please you , he would wait until you mounted up, and stand there , checking back in with you with an ear, as if to say, "and now, Captain, what shall we do?"
It's nice when a horse is willing to please by doing what we ask without complaint or resentment, but that's them responding to a cue that they find acceptable, rather than them anticipating a cue they want to avoid so they jump ahead of you to avoid it.
And, if I come off as being too much of a "miss perfect", I will admit that my horse doesn't say, "yes ma'am " every time when I get on. But, if he doesn't, and he doesn't , then I remind him promptly that I am there, and (since he can be lazy), I say, "walk on!" to get him pluggin in to my cues, not making decisions on his own.
Last edited by tinyliny; 10-11-2013 at 10:11 PM.