So this is a hypothetical question no one has been able to give me a straight answer on yet. Maybe someone here can give me more insight.
So the horse you are riding decides to be a brat, and refuses to turn right. Every time you cue to go right, he turns his head to the left and tries to go that way. You know for a fact pain is not present and the horse is not afraid of anything towards the right, he just does not -want- to go to the right.
You are in the middle of a field with nothing in the way to either side, in order to correct the horse you decide to make him circle in __Blank__ direction.
Which direction do you chose?
1. The Right. A lot of people I have talked to said make the horse circle to the right, because the horse doesn't want to go that direction. The "theory" behind this is basically something along the lines of if you don't go to the right, the horse is getting what it wants and you are rewarding bad behavior. By continuing to go right you are reinforcing the cue of "go right" even if the horse doesn't want to.
2. The Left. Some of the people I asked this to said they would circle to the left. Because it seems "easier" to make the horse go in that direction initially, and because the work of circling will make going right when asked an easier option for the horse. In other words, circling to the left becomes the "work" choice and turning right is the "less work" choice.
3. Either way, as long as the horse understands it must do as you ask.
So which way would you chose? And why would you choose it?