At three I sent him to 45 days of undersaddle training. They rode him with direct contact and he was always fighting it, throwing his head, chomping on the bit, I don't know if it was because it was all new to him or he didn't like it? Or what. I didn't agree with some of the methods they used for training, I felt they took shortcuts. Gunther came home when his 45 days were up and took a break.
He is five now, and is being ridden 5-6 days a week with a natural horsemanship trainer. I've learned alot as well as Gunther. I ride almost no contact with him mouth. He doesn't ever chew on the bit or throw his head. Again, I don't know why. Maybe it's because he's older? Or maybe it's because we don't ride with direct contact? I have no idea! But he has seem to taken to natural horsemanship 100% better.
Currently- My trainer is taking a long break, sadly, he works too many and is burnt out. The only thing offered around where I live are Dressage, English, and some WP trainers/lessons. I thought the best for us is Dressage because it can help us in any discipline? So I signed up for a lesson, and now I'm nervous. I know nothing about dressage, or anything. Maybe I'm just nervous to enter an area I know nothing about? Help!?
Gunther is a old style, bull dog type QH. I don't expect to excel in the higher levels. I bought a bridle, and a new Myler bit. I don't know what I'm doing. D;