Hard in the mouth? Or just an attitude?
Lately I've noticed that Sonny has been a little less responsive to me telling him to do stuff when ride. Mainly stopping (which is the worst thing for me haha), but on turning and getting back to the wall also.
I've been working on collection with him, but I haven't been harsh on his mouth as to make him that way....at least I don't think I've been. I'll milk his reins (gently moving on then the other) and he'll collect himself...then I'll give him a loose rein, but the second he looses the collection, I milk the reins again.
Yesterday during lessons we were working on transitions. Going from a walk, to a sit trot, to a canter, then to a post trot, then to a sit trot, then to a stop. All went alright, but the minute I asked for a canter, Sonny sped up into an extended trot (he didn't canter) and as I tried to slow him down he'd extend his head and wouldn't slow down. I had to turn him in two really tight circles, then lead him into a wall for him to stop (we didn't hit the wall, but he sure came close).
The reason though I think it's an attitude is that he's TOTALLY sensitive when I ask him to back up or to leg yield. I'll just put a little pressure and he'll side-step or back up.
I think he's just being a brat....but what do you all think?