I have a gorgeous well balanced OTTB (I own 25 horses, this is one of my new ones). Sometimes, perhaps he is afraid of the cows in the adjacent pasture, he decides he does not want to continue forward. He gets nervous, and turns around - despite any of my efforts (crop 3 times behind leg, as suggested by the Olympian at my barn), or by getting off and making the horse “work as hard as he ever has before” as suggested by the cowgirl/young horse trainer at the barn, he simply won’t go. If I keep pulling on the right rein, adding strong left leg, he would rather go like that all the distance around than go where I ask.
This horse is used to doing gymnastics, jumping, leg yields and bending (prelim stages), circles, serpentines, and the like. But when going plain old around the ring to the right, he thinks it’s time to go home and does not want to keep going.
I do want to insist that this is for the education and promotion of discussion within the community. My horse is in premier training, and has been seen by a vet, chiropractor, masseuse, and expert ferrier. He has recent full bloodwork and x-rays, all which are clear.
UPDATE: A new trainer I had in to see the horse determined that he is unstable and insecure to the right because he has never worked in that direction on a smaller size area. She prescribed that we do a lot of work to the right to build his strength and confidence in that direction. Today with work only to the right, he performed very well.