My horse Ronan and I have just begun schooling, When I bought him, all the previous owners did with him was trail ride. We started schooling and I began asking him to move away from pressure on the ground. First the hindquarters then the forehand and then both from both sides. The first couple of times I schooled him, he did great. Moved forward as soon as I asked, would move away easily from both legs in the saddle. I couldn't believe he was doing so well so quickly!!! Well, I think I may have bragged too much because recently he has started to kinda hesitate when I ask him to move forward. When asking for the trot from a walk he would tense up, throw his head up and slow down. After several tries, it almost seemed to me that he was confused about which leg to move away from! It was almost like "Ok your putting both legs on...do I move right? No left? Right? I don't know, so I'm just going to stop!!!" So, this continued on for about 2 schooling sessions. However, I took him out on the trail inbetween and he was FINE! So I thought, maybe he is just protesting being stuck in an arena since he's so use to trails. So, I have taken a step back... Not asking him to move away from my legs in the saddle in any direction except for forward...He's back to going forward nicely....Have I missed an important step in making him understand that both legs means forward? It was really weird! But on the trail he's fine! Let me know what ya'll think!