Lately I have noticed that my horse is having a bit of trouble listening to my command to halt from the saddle. When I as him to halt, I stop all movement in my back, take my leg off slightly, and gently pull back on the reins. If he refuses I increase the pressure on the reins. If he continues to refuse, I take my instructors advice, which is to pull up sharply on one rein (ouch!) .I have a feeling there is a better way to solve this, weather it is ground training, a different bit, or a change in my position.
With steering, well, he's never been to great at that. But when I ask him to turn, I give him the command to bend and simply follow through with my leg, seat, and hands. But... he wasn't ever trained correctly to bend. He knows how to do it, but since his neck muscles aren't that great, he doesn't have the muscle to correctly bend. What exercises and such can you give me to help him bend/turn correctly? They can be on the ground or in the saddle, I don't really care.