There is a saying that I've come across from time to time - yet I almost ALWAYS think about it each time I ride - and especially if I am a tad cranky or my darling is jacking with me.
The quote is: "There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of HUMOR and the other is PATIENCE."
Don't take things too seriously and see if you can find the capability to literally laugh out loud when things go awry - which they generally do. That means if your buddy is moving around or running away from you or turning left instead of right or not going forward, etc. - well, the situation does need to be corrected but before you get all pissy just laugh - he is messing with your noggin and you can still have a good time with his highness. When you sit back and think about it - their behaviors are mostly darn funny so stop being so serious and take the time to see the actions from a different viewpoint -
Adventure Horse Riding in NYS Smilla13@gmail.com (Mary Dixon) www.RideNYS.com