Kicking out - Am I handling this correctly?
So horsey has thrown me a new curveball. Last year we did our first season of showing. Did a few elementary level horse trials (2'3" max) and got used to how the eventing shows work. This year, apparently my horse has decided he's the bomb and knows everything there is to know, including the speed at which he wishes to travel.
It always goes the same way. We go out into the fields, warm up at a nice forward trot. Then I ask for canter and get answered with a hand gallop. When I half halt him to get him back to the canter I asked for, he does that naughty twisty neck thing and kicks out a few times. I ignore it, ride through it, and so far he always comes back to me as I asked.
After a few tries, he goes into the canter without protest and I can even change between hand gallop and canter without much effort, but was wondering if I am addressing his protest correctly by not addressing it. Is there anything I should do at the moment he kicks out, or is ignoring it and riding through the best idea here?
You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.