I've shown in hunters before but have never really had a chance to work with one horse for any considerable amount of time. Now that I'm leasing, I can ride the same horse 3x a week and really work with him more than I could before just in lessons. I'm going to be showing a lot more this summer and was wondering how I might go about getting that "long and low" frame/way of going that all the good hunter horses have.
The horse I ride doesn't have a particularly high headset, but it's not really low, nor is his stride long. When he puts his head down he usually just gets really heavy on the forehand. How can I ask him to extend his stride without him just doing quicker steps? And how can I encourage him to stretch his neck out and lower his head a bit without getting heavy?