I am not a reining expert by any means, so I'm sure someone else can chime in better than me.
Maybe its ME? He is a big lazy son of a gun and him running through that one lead change was so not like him and took me by surprise. When I was asking for my spins, you can hear my mom complaining about me using my legs (lol), because I was told specifically NOT to by the guy I am buying him from, he just spins with neck rein and a bit of leg in the beginning, but then in the show pen it was totally different. He just wouldn't listen period.
While horses can most certainly have" bad days" just like humans can, about 90% of the time it IS the rider's fault.
Do you have regular lessons with (I assume) his trainer that owns him? Certainly there could be something you are cueing him for, that isn't quite exactly how Playboy was taught.
Maybe he was tired and had enough? There was a constant "hurry up and wait" scenario. I wound up warming up with all the western pleasure horses, no one told me there was a separate warm up for the reiners, so he got warmed up twice. He is rather out of shape, see the belly?;) lol
He's out of shape, but you're showing him?
Do you think an NBA basketball player would perform their best, jumping into a game during the off season where they are not in shape? Absolutely not.
Therefore, you cannot expect Playboy to perform his best if he is not in his best shape. I don't blame him for having a bad day.
I rode him at the local arena a few days ago, and I decided not to ride with spurs. Normally, that's a terrible idea because he is SO freaking lazy. But, he was a perfect angel! Maybe I was accidently bumping him, or he was worried that I might (at the show). I don't usually get nervous in the show pen, especially at little open shows, so it's not like I was getting him worked up.
accidentally bump him?
If you don't know if you are bumping him, then maybe you shouldn't be using spurs at all until you get better leg control. I don't mean that in a "put down" sense, but spurs on a reining horse, who has been precisely trained, need to be used correctly all the time. Or you will
confuse him. When a horse gets confused, they get frustrated, and don't perform well or appear to be "doing things wrong on purpose" when in reality, they are just tryiing to figure out all the cues the rider is giving them wrong or confusing.
Again, are you taking lessons with the person that trained him?
If you guys see anything I need to work on PLEASE let me know, I am open to suggestions, especially on him only switching leads in the front.
Lead changes are all about hip control. You've got to get that hip moved in order for the change to happen on all 4 legs (and not just the front).
Have you been having regular issues with his lead changes or was this the first time?