The only difficulty he had was side stepping to the left over pole. I brought his nose to his right shoulder, opened up the left rein and kept pressure on the right rein so he couldn't go through it. Then I moved my leg back and scooted his butt over. He kept rearing and backing up.
I don't understand because this is the same steps as to the side step to the right, but mirrored. All I did was ask him once until he did it, even if it was one step, then I would stop asking and pet him for a minute.
Eventually I hopped off because he was getting frantic. Before he started side stepping , I kicked him(But not hard. It was more like a nudge with my leg) because he kept playing with the rein when they were slack because I was talking. I got off, did it on the ground, then got back up. After that, he seemed to have it down pat.
I am just confused because why was it so hard for him to go to the left compared to the right? I made sure everything was mirrored, and everything he does is easy to the left, except for side stepping apparently. Could anyone let me in on why they suspect he was being frantic? Thank you!
P.S. I was NOT carrying a bat/crop/whip. I also was not wearing spurs.