I have a fjord/qh that likes to duck behind. Does he track up? Can you warm him up on a long rein, long and low and slowly slowly take contact and when he starts to mouth the bit, completely release the inside rein (it works even better if done while riding thru a corner) Then gently take it back up (maintain a quiet connection to the outside). Its giving a huge reward (release of the inside rein) when he mouths the bit. When he ducks, I ride him from the back and just worry about getting his rhythm again and being very quiet with the outside rein. Again, when he mouths the bit, total release of the inside and slowly regain connection. Lots of little moments of doing this and big rewards when he mouths the bit and he'll learn to trust the outside rein. This helped with our guy. And ride him on a loose rein but forward into your hand, long and low. I think he's cute!
I think any horse is suitable for entry level dressage, and they can all certainly benefit from all the work that helps them use their toplines, and hind ends correctly.
Ignore the skeptics and just enjoy your new horse; they aren't the one's riding him, so they don't have the right to tell you what you can and can't do with him. Swayback rarely effects the horse pain wise, so just do what you wish to do with him and forget what everyone else has to say.
If you love dressage and you love Major...then why the heck not? Go out there and better him and yourself. Dressage means "training"...if people snicker or laugh or make rude comments...hold your head high and let it roll off your back.
Like Spyder, I ride a 15"2 Arabian and I am also 5'9...and people look at us funny...so, I just go on my merry and prove them wrong!!!!
:0) Best of luck to you! Major looks like a sweetheart!
Thank you, Major is a sweetheart, and has been very patient with me as a muddle through my saddle search.
He is very smart and seems to catch on pretty well. He is all ready learning how to bend properly and to move off of my leg pressure better. He has also stopped ducking his head behind the bit and actually wants to stretch down.
Not sure if I am going to do intro or training for our first show, his canter has come a long ways as well.