I started leasing Chevy (Chevas) almost three months ago, and he has come such a long way. The first time I rode him he was filthy as crud and a big unshedded fluff ball. He hasn't been worked at his full capacity for about four years, he's been a pasture pet or a light walk/trot mount. Before hand, he was doing fourth level dressage. Which I one day hope to do.
Anyway, my little 18 year old was put in a full cheek snaffle, and I found that it wasn't the bit he was professionally ridden in. Today I tried out a much too big (he's a 5" and the bit was a 6") French link loose ring snaffle, and he was SO SO SO much better. He had better brakes and he was responding better. It was amazing. I'm going to go buy his size this week so I can move him into that. Also, my new bridle is coming in too. I can't wait for my man to look all fancy!!
As for my question, when I ride Chevas I will have a good speed and impulsion, but he won't go up into the bit. I'll (I know I'm not supposed to) take up more rein thinking that my reins are just loose, and I'll have contact, but then we go back to going behind Or breaking at his neck. He doesn't seem to want the contact I offer, and he will never reach into the bridle for stretching at the trot, but he'll do it at the walk.
A lot of the time he'll go behind the bit, and I don't know what to do since he's moving forward.
For "collecting" he'll be hollow through his back, and once I do three inside rein squeezes, he'll usually go into my hands, but he's totally broken at his third vertebrate (or he'll go behind the bit)
Any suggestions to help fix it?
By the way, by contact, I don't mean going round and on the bit, I just mean a light steady contact because when I go ask him to be round, that's when I start to have problems and I can't even get the contact.
I hope this makes sense. Thanks!
Pictures could be uploaded if it helps.