And as a reasonably intelligent person, I didn't want to deal with a "dumb" animal.
Well except it wasn't out of the blue. What preempted that was me realizing that my goofy brain was going U GONE GIT RUNNED OFF WIT BECAUSE U GOT NO BRAKES, which is clearly ridiculous on a horse that stops when you stop kicking. But brains will do what brains will do, so I taught Zoe a one-rein stop to appease my brain. We literally did it three times one day.
Annnnnnd the next time she was ridden, she started doing the STOP AND FREEZE response.
So she not only learned it, but was also willing to show it off to me to prove that she understood.
That's actually pretty smart.
Another thing we've been working diligently on are our turn on the forehand/haunches. We do them on the ground, pre-ride, and then at the end of each ride. Except the other day I mixed it up and did them in the saddle at the beginning on the ride. Zoe was a champ, like usual, but then every time I asked her to halt (normally, not one rein haha), then put my legs on to ask her to go again...
...she started going sideways.
Like I'd asked her to earlier.