Now that we have our nice, collected, butt using canter (which feels wonderful I must add), I am trying to school him on those dang 15m circles. Well, he hates them. I'm talking ear pinning, teeth gritting and if I don't pay attention to that, he gives me a sideways buck.
What I have tried:
1) lunge line work with side reins starting the canter at the whole length of my line and then slowly bringing him in until he looks like he is having to really work for it, leave him for a full circle and then let him slowly spiral back out.
2) same thing with riding, start with 20m and slowly work into 15, try to do one complete circle and then go back out.
He doesn't buck it on the lunge, but he does under saddle. Is there something I could be missing, or am I just really being too impatient and need to give him more time? Generally speaking, how long does it usually take for a horse to develop from 20M to 15m in a canter? We've been trying the 15m circles every other day (I don't work the same things every day) for about 2 months.
Cinny is APHA with a typical QH body. He occasionally has issues with his sacroiliac joint stiffening which is controlled with Chiro and "Fluid Action" powder. I always do a LOT of stretching and warming up of his hips before every workout including full turns on fore about 3-4 times each direction as well as a LOT of lateral movements and backing in circles to make sure he's loosened up before working him on his canter circles.