When training our horses, we are looking for a willingness to comply, but we are not expecting perfection. If the horse responds the wrong way, but they tried to give us what we wanted, we should be happy that they tried. A lack of response is not good - the wrong response is better than no response.
Quote from Jane Savoie: "It's important to keep in mind that when you're teaching a new behaviour you must reward every slight effort your horse makes toward doing it right, or else you'll discourage him. Absence of reward is the same as punishment: it will take him much longer to understand what you want if you skimp on the praise."
Freelance Horse Riding Instructor and Dressage Trainer for Dressage Lessons
in and around Rugby, Warwickshire and the Midlands