A little background info. I've had Sarge since he was a baby and he turned 10 this year. I did lower level eventing with him for a summer or two, never gone past beginner novice. My trainer wasn't incredibly dressage savvy so our dressage was never amazing. I interned at a dressage barn where I learned a good bit about dressage which sparked my interest and I've been trying to transfer this over to my own horse. Sarge is a quarter horse, so obviously not built to do beautiful dressage. I'm just looking to show him at lower level events again for fun.
Sarge is one of the most difficult horses I've ridden. He's incredibly wormy and isn't naturally very forward. He likes to fight against me and I've never been able to get him to hold a frame for more than a few circles without him putting his head back to the sky.
Lately, I've been working on getting him forward and in front of my leg. I've been having a horrible time getting him to be light and supple. This is especially a problem during transitions. At the walk I can have him completely relaxed and in a nice frame and I'll lightly ask for the trot with the same light frame and he'll bring his head up and fight against my hands. All I do is keep my contact steady and push him forward until he decides to give to me. We'll be going nicely at the trot and he just decides to stick his nose up and fight against me rather than go around in a nice frame. I'm not entirely sure what to do with him. I'm almost tempted to put draw reins on him and see if that helps. His resistance is way more than usual and very frustrating.
I took some videos today and I'm sorry the quality isn't amazing but it can give you an idea. Also keep in mind I haven't had lessons for over a year and I don't have access to them right now (wish I did...). I'm pretty much just trying to learn on my own. I realize my equitation isn't perfect which contributes to the problem. Any positive feedback is appreciated.
I'll try to edit a few more clips for you guys but that gives you an idea of what's going on.