Originally Posted by Kayty
How are you positioning yourself in relationship to his body?
When he comes in towards you, try walking towards his hind quarters and flicking the whip directly at his quarters, wave you arms, growl at him etc if you have to, just get his feet moving in the direction you want him to go.
Originally Posted by horse lover 114
I do exactly that and when I do he keeps circling with his back hooves
In my way of online work:
Pressure on the hindquarters is asking for disengagement, turning, and stopping.
Pressure behind the horse is asking for forward/increase of speed. (I would start at least 90degrees behind the horse with small circles of the stick coming closer until the third circle would result in the tip of the string touching the head of the tail).
Pressure to the neck/shoulder area is asking the horse to move away/out on the circle.
If by chance your horse has been handled this way, then he is doing what is asked of him.
Experiment, if you were to learn what the horse knows, then it might be easier for you to teach the horse the other method.