This is my first post and hopefully it’s Ok in this category! It’s not hunter/jumper related other than the fact that’s how I ride…
Anyway, for the past 5 weeks I’ve begun working my horse in the roundpen (he is not green under saddle by any means). Prior to this I never did; it’s just not something I had experience in. Everything has been going great until an interesting development. Yesterday, after very politely and responsively going each way at the walk, trot and canter (just for a few minutes to warm up), I asked him to stop so I could attach side reins. After this, I had a very difficult time getting him back on the rail; he wanted to be close to me and to follow me. Eventually we succeeded and worked all three gaits each way again. But the next time I asked him to change direction (and at this point, we were nearly done; I wanted to work on halting), he stopped and faced me and again, and I had a very difficult time getting him moving on the rail again. I backed him up, lead him to the rail, pointed him the direction I wanted him to go, and as soon as I’d step away he would follow me. He’d look at me with a very soft eye, chewing lightly at the bit. I just could not for the life of me get him to leave my side. (which, if it wasn’t frustrating, would be cute).
I’d love some advice on what to do if this happens again. My thoughts were to either continuing to make him back up until he decides going forward on the rail is easier, or work him for a shorter time and (hopefully) end before this happens again (we were nearly done anyway, maybe I just reached his limit at this stage in training).
Thanks in advance!