|Hey look! An active hind leg.|
Have I mentioned that Harley is a sensitive guy? I am his only rider and have been for five years and counting. He knows me very well and I know him. If something in my riding changes, he notices immediately. If I override or push too hard or ask for something at the wrong time, he responds accordingly. Sometimes he tries to do what I am asking. Sometimes he gives a huge response to match an overzealous aid. Other times, he is just feeling exuberant and comes up with some shenanigans on his own. I have ridden a couple mares in the past who displayed the same "particular" nature. I credit them for preparing me for riding Harley. He is a sweet, kind horse, but sometimes he needs to express his spirit!
My usual MO is to just keep riding. I rarely punish, although I will make the work more difficult if he seems under-challenged or isn't committing to the aids. I also frequently check my own position and my aids. I strive to be fair.