Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
You don't want to use stickers, as you need to be able to have the reins at length accordingly.
Make sure you have your ring finger 'closed'. You want an elastic, consistent contact but able to know when to give the rein at the correct time, and when to take.
IF he leans against the rein, give the rein slightly fore and use leg pressure to send him forwards. He will only lean if he has something to lean against. Don't try and fight him, he will win and learn to use his head an neck as a fifth leg.
A lot of transitions will also make him lighter on the front, and come more from behind- this will also help with any leaning!
So far he looks pretty good though.
Try and nip your elbows in to keep yourself from falling forwards in the saddle, and working without stirrups will greatly improve a longer leg- but take the stirrups off completely. If you have the opportunity, get someone to lunge you without stirrups and hold onto a jesus handle so yuo can work on your seat independently without pulling on his mouth to keep yourself in the saddle! Its a great work out for core muscles!