I'm experianced enough that I can keep him under control, but it's still a challenge. I can't lose my focus for a single moment while riding him, because I am always needing to help him around turns and keep him from crushing my leg, while still maintaining a nice even stride. Like I said, he's fairly green. So I want to go back to flatwork excercises to improve his flexibility and my riding technique.
So first of all, are there any riding errors I might possibly be making that could restrict him from bending and turning properly? (as in, is there anything I should or shouldn't do?) I know he's green, but I also know that a horse is supposed to 'reflect what the rider's doing in the saddle', so I just want to make sure that I'm riding correctly and effectively.
I ride him twice a week, once in a lesson and once on my own (in exchange for the volunteer work I do). What are some good excercises I can do with him to help improve his bending? And how do I break his habit of coming too close to the wall?
I should also mention, he is not ridden very often, only about twice a week. (Yes, I know it's bad, but I can't really help it because he's not mine.) Most people don't like to ride him because he's a more difficult horse. I'm one of the only ones.
Anyways, sorry for the long post. Thanks