I need a little help with my TB. He really likes being on the bit, but sometimes I find him falling behind the vertical and I have no idea how to fix it. I don't have a regular trainer right now (stupid cow town!) so I need some help from you guys.
He raced for 7 years and then was a dressage horse for 3 years and then retrained as a hunter/jumper for the last 10 years. He's an old man but doesn't know it. Anyway, I can get some lovely collection out of him, but then I feel like I lose the contact and sure enough he is behind the verticle. When he is nice and collected and on the bit, I can throw away some rein and he maintains the frame so I don't think I am artificially pulling him on to the bit without actual collection, and he is rounding very nicely under me.
So what am I doing wrong to cause this and what can I work on to help fix it? All help is appreciated and I continue to seek a trainer in the area. Thanks!