The example I raised earlier in this thread was of a friend of mine who IS working with a Clinton Anderson trainer, believe it or not. Just haveing a system to follow doesn't mean that you will use it correctly. If you have not INTENTION in what you ask a horse to do, the horse knows this and he operates on your intention, not whether you have this dvd or that stick or follow any particular trainer. If you still have the intention that says, "maybe I'll have to smack her, but just once" then your intention is not, "move forward, now!" Horses are amazing in their capacity to judge how strong is your committment or intention. They are much bothered when a person's actions don't match the intention. (i. E. You swing the whip, but you have no real coviction that you WILL get the desired result).
This horse in my example is also starting to act up more and more under saddle and making the rider more and more uncomfortable around it on the ground . It's a vicious cycle, because now he knows that he will not be worked. He snaps at them, even makes small, petty strikes with his front legs and they continue to swing the stick! Why I'd lay a whip on him so fast if he struck out at me with his front legs or bit the air at me. And the longer they do this, the more ingrained it gets.
I am not about hitting horses, and I agree that round penning incessantly causes boredom and can be purposeless. But it may also really show you the basis of your horses attitude toward you, which in this case sounds kind of like,
"Meh, she's ok when she pets and feeds me. Whatever "