Hello! I am in need of some advice from you fine talented folk. A bit about Max and I: I have had him for about 8 years now and he is wonderful- willing, trusting and happy to do whatever I ask of him. He also has awesome movements- like something out of a movie. He floats.
But... He has always used his body incorrectly, especially under saddle- hollow backed, high head, you neck, on the forehand, hindquarters completely on a different planet from the rest of his body, the whole 9 yards.
So we have begun taking dressage lessons as I want to work his full potential and build a strong, forward, rounded boy. He is a quick learner and after a week understands the concept of coming forward into my hands at the walk through an inside leg/ outside rein cue- but at the trot he has a tencency to duck under the bridle and suck back.
He has never been ridden with this much contact before and sometimes I feel so heavy on the bit and it just doesn't feel right- he is an extremely sensitive horse and I don't want to create a horse that needs to be heavy on the mouth all the time, but with Max it is all or nothing.
We do much better during our lessons, but the minute our trainer leaves it falls apart. I have ridden plenty of finished horses correctly and I understand the cues I am him, it's just so different when you are teaching the horse the concept of contact and "on the bridle" for the first time. He is thinking so hard and always trying to get the right answer but we are struggling and it's frustrating- any advice or tips? I'm going to video us tomorrow so I can post it as it's hard for me to describe my troubles.
Any advice helps, thank you so much! Max thanks you too :)
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