My horses had about a week off doing nothing then at the beginning of this week I started to do groundwork, mostly lunging everyday until now.
My horse Sam just a couple of days ago started stopping whilst I was lunging him. He hasn't done this before and its only on one side. I had him at the point where he would walk and trot perfectly in both directions and I was just working on getting him to canter which he kept refusing to break into.
As of yesterday I have gotten him to canter a full circle on one side and he is doing a few strides on the other side which I feel is a big step forward. I also feel we have taken two steps back with the stopping. He is just about perfect on one side but on the other whenever he gets to a certain point in the circle he wants to turn the other way.
When doing this he does two things. One is turning around by turning into the circle then taking off being difficult to stop. The other one is stopping and turning out of the circle so the rope ends up wrapping around his neck. He either ends up facing his butt to me to or simply facing the opposite way to what I want him. So I have to fix him up and start again. I don't know why he has just started this, I always have to push him to go past this point.
I don't know what started this behaviour or how to stop it. If I try to stop him from doing it one way he will try the other way and we pretty much end up in a little dance. It is really getting on my nerves, I thought I was doing something wrong but I don't know have any trouble when I work with my other horse so I don't know. Any tips or ideas would be great thanks.