I don't think I mentioned the main issue is on the ground. The only time he gets backed for a correction is usually just to reposition him if he walks off without me after a whoa, done with seat and legs with rein backup if needed. He does it alright but without speed.
On the ground I start off nicely by wiggling the lead line then increase pressure waving with rope and stick, then proceed bumping in the chest. He takes his first few steps without much fight, they're just very slow steps. I was asking for a few quicker steps when the problems came with the increased pressure, or if I ask him to back more then 5 or so steps.
He's usually very quick to pick up on things so I think I was just pushing him too fast out of his safe zone, but my worry is he's putting up a fight and by taking steps back to ease him into it and avoiding his frustration is a way of letting him win and not fixing the issue, just avoiding it.
I feel bad about it for being in his face, and hope he doesn't resent me for pushing him that far, this has been our first major hiccup together.
I haven't noticed any hopping or physical distress but I will pay close attention to it. Posted via Mobile Device