Sorry stupid phone sent my message so here I'll continue:
Lunging him prior was just something I carried over from his beginning days of training.
Continue backing him: this idea I'm going to admit worries me because I have heard so many horror stories of people getting flipped onton from a tripped up horse. Also my instructor when he has done this around him the few times, always has me toss my weight forward, give him his mouth and bump. This works, but like I said not when I'm alone with him. I'm frustrated and don't want to be. Here's some things I'll take with me when I ride Wednesday: I will start in the arena alone without anyone else, I will try without my spurs(I will put them back on if I feel the need), I will not lunge him prior, and if he pitches a fit I will lunge him like mad. Now I will do my best to capture this portion on video so if he does act up you all can see what I might be doing wrong. :) as for using a crop I am going to think that over more.
Oh just remembered: feet dragging, his feet are fine I will have a vet check but it was totally him willing to walk with my friend but not respond to me, kinda like fighting himself, that's how I feel. And thanks again for putting up with my lengthy pays!
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