Today Dozer decided he wouldn't canter to his left. All I had in mind to do today was transitions. Too bad he didn't like that. He did great on the other side and whenever I would try him on his left side he would turn into the fence and change back to the direction most of the time squeezing my leg into the fence. I would turn him around and give him the forward cue. I used my crop when I thought it was necessary and that didn't help. After an hour and a half of battling each other he decided he would back up every time I asked for a forward cue. I was not happy and backed him around my arena twice so it would make him stop. It didn't work. He kept backing and turning then taking off to the side he wanted to canter at. Any suggestions of how to stop this? I'm hoping this is just an off day for him and I hope he understands he was drenched in sweat because he wasn't being good.
How do I stop this?
Thanks for reading this!