I understand some dressage judges mark horses down for swishing their tails, as it is a sign of resistance. As a judge I don't. Because I have one of my own, to put your leg on him he swishes his tail. AND before the pain question comes out, he has been checked all over, from teeth to tail! He is in tip top condition according to the vet and chiropractor.
So when my daughter asks for a simple change, or flying change along both the diagnol and up the long sides he swishes his tail. She has only been judged down once, that costing her a place in the QLD Equestrian team.
It is really annoying and I haven't owned a horse like that in my life.
Is there a way to get him out of it? Or just let it be? What else is there to do?