Tiny, he isn't aggressive, he just pins and I get a "glare" vibe, particularly when tacking. I haven't visited him in a while, but I will see him this saturday. But you are right, it wouldn't be fair to have him change. I know people who used to hate riding him because he would do his best to undermine the rider, but, I have heard good comments about how he is now, so maybe being push button is a good thing.
I thought that if I had earned more respect, our work could be better. He does as I ask, and he works well, we just fight a lot with him cutting corners and ducking down the middle of the arena, as is what he is used to when jousting.
Better than we were before, but meh. I can let it slide.
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He is cutting corners, right? Falling in on the circle? That's a great problem to tackle, as it's one you'll find with horses a lot. Why don't you see if you can't just work on that one problem.
The other thing would be to occassionally change things up for him, to freshen him. Such as going out for a trail rider, or having him do some cavaletti, or seeing if you can just get him to CHARGE as fast as possible from one side of the arena to the other. Surprise him a little. But, be fair and if you ask him to smarten up on something he's gotten dull on, then also give him some time to just move out on a long rein for a bit.