Have you ever been doing a really difficult math problem utilizing a whole new-to-you concept and your brain just goes blank? You're not even sure how to multiply or add now?
There's a word for this mental state that I can't recall, but it is a common occurrence in humans and, of course, animals too. (I'm sure I will remember the word 2 hours from now. Getting old stinks!) When someone is in that state, stress makes it even worse.
These are the times you need to step back and go to an easier task. Success in the easier task rebuilds confidence and the lower task recall links to higher task recall. It's part of how learning works.
On the other hand, if its agression or balking or sour behavior, that is testing your authority and that's when you,,,
1, make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard
2. Reassert your boundaries
3. Swift sure appropriate level of punishment
OP, you have to decide. I'm sure in your next ride, you will know if you did the right thing because he will be better next time if you did. If you didn't, he will be worse. Then you will need to reconsider your former conclusions. But as one of my favorite HF peeps, bsms said, you shouldn't need to spank a horse more than once a ride.
I'm sure you will figure it out.
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