Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
May I ask what trainer you're working with?
Forget about the head. The head doesn't matter. When a person focuses on the head (i.e. "the head must be down!") they forget WHY the head "must" be down.
When a horse is working round, working from behind, and working correctly, the head will fall into place. A horse cannot work correctly with its head in the air. A horse CAN work incorrectly with its head tucked in... so forget about the head, it will fall into place when the horse is working correctly.
Find a trainer who will work with you on understanding roundness, who will help you understand riding back to front. A trainer that focuses on where the head is won't do you any good.
i train with chris collins, who is still new to me, only been with her for 2 months. She says nothing about his head, I am the one consintrating on that ( hence why I asked this question ). She talks about being round and encourage him to use his hind end
Originally Posted by kitten_Val
I'm with JDI on that. Don't take it as an offense, please, but may be try another trainer. Over a year of training with no progress is too long IMHO.
I have only been training with chris for 2 months, however, my previous trainer was equally brilliant. We have had LOADS of progress, as stated originally, IMHO, he has made more progress than I could have imagined in only a year.