I've been schooling my friend's 3 yr old warmblood cross pony because she's too big for her. She's a nice pony, very willing and gentle, and is used for lessons a couple times a week... just walk/trot sort of stuff. Well, I've been working on getting her cantering, but also schooling her trot, so that she goes nice and forward. She's learning her lateral suppleness really well, and will step right sideways into her corners if I ask her too. I've acheived this great responsiveness to my leg mostly through teaching her to leg yeild.
This week during one of her lessons, the pony started pulling into the middle of the ring at the trot, against her rider's wishes, and refusing to move forwards. So when went to school her this week, the owner really made me feel like it was my fault the pony wasn't listening, like I was "confusing" her. She also told me not to do leg yeilding with her anymore. I didn't say much at the time, but suggested that maybe she should introduce some basic lateral exercised to her student, like a guided turn on the forehand to help her learn to use a more authoritative leg, but she seemed to think that was completely wrong. I dunno, but I though listening to leg aids helps develop straightness and control? Help!!! I'm so frustrated I'm temped to not ride the pony for a few weeks, and see what happens