Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
Any ideas? I would look for pain, but I'm just not buying it - none of her tack has changed, she was doing this fine two weeks ago and she'll move just great off my right leg. I'm asking for ONE step here - I got a couple half steps and prasied her profusely and actually ended the day on a "half-step". I was wearing spurs today for the record, and even that didn't help much at all except to make her annoyed and jittery. She still moves into them - how do you deal with a horse who will move INTO pressure, in saddle and on ground, even with a pokey spur? (Just Dressage spurs).
Sorry for the novel, I'm just at a TOTAL loss over what's bringing this on.
Ha ha, I giggled when I saw the "I'm just not buying it" that she isn't in pain as sometimes I think people are quick to assume something is wrong with the horse because they won't do something. I only say this as I know that you are experienced enough to make that judgement. HOWEVER.... I was in a similar predicament a few years back and it turns out that my horse had put his back out (most likely from a fall in the paddock) and actually WAS in pain, didn't I feel terrible!? If she hasn't changed in a month, a chiropractor visit may be warranted.
In the meantime, what if you try yielding off the circle? Try 20m circles in the arena and then ask for a few steps of leg yield jus as you are coming off the fence. It is a slightly different approach and if it really is all in her head, a change of approach might trick her into braving her way through that left leg yield.