Actually I disagree with "he's not engaged"
Pausing the video, I see his back lifting and holding before stopping and going hollow again. (EX: look at 0:27-0:30) Having his back engaged is very hard work, so he's slowly getting there.
I would like the side reins a tad longer. He isn't ready for that shorter length.
He's heavy on his forehand which needs to be addressed via correct consistent riding with half halts. Lots of forward impulsion + half halts, will encourage your horse to sit back and drive with their hind legs.
But it's strenuous so treat it like conditioning. A little bit each time, the slowly increase.
But yes, PLEASE LENGTHEN THOSE SIDE REINS. Even one hole setting would improve Cinny's ability to engage that back and really stretch out
Also some tips.. Sky used to rush too but if when he was walking and trotting and cantering, I'd verbally count his strides for him (set the tempo) and he'd change his feet to match it. It really helped him get his rhythm and think about where his feet were going.
Use little clicks not words for the best results.
You need to be pushing him forward with that whip. Going slow is doing nothing to help him get that back muscle going. It's just dumping him on his front and not letting him reach far under himself. He needs more forward forward forward.
Lunge large (as in the biggest circle ever) over trotting poles and that'll help him out a lot.
Make sure your lungeline hand/leading hand is in an "open" position, like out in front of you slightly to the side so your body is more open and clearer to interpret (body language). Same with your whip hand.. it needs to be in the open position as well.
These are tips, you don't have to listen but yeah. These things have helped Sky a lot.
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Last edited by Skyseternalangel; 08-03-2012 at 06:30 PM.