Originally Posted by AngelWithoutWings54 View Post
My saddle fits him fine, it's a little low in the front, but that really doesn't affect him.
All my tack is in good condition, so it must be him and his odd training that makes him do this.
So, does anyone have any exercises that will help him to bend through corners and on the straight lines?
I'm confused, don't you also have a post that states that you want to get your saddle up off your horses withers? It sounds to me like your saddle may not be fitting correctly if this was problem enough to post a question about it.
On the ground you can work on your horse "giving" when you pull the lead line up towards the withers. Just pull up with pressure and when your horse stands and bends his head around IMMEDIATELY release. Your horse may walk in circles at first until it figures it out but eventually will. This is one of the first things my trainer friend does with her colts before ever getting on them. Eventually your horse should be able to touch it's nose to it's girth. Later you can do this while in the saddle. I do it every time I ride for a warm up exercise.
Walking in circles and figure eights that slowly get tighter and tighter can also help.
Lunging with side reins may help....but I would do it under your trainers supervision to start out with because if done wrong, you can make things worse.
You mentioned your trainer above and I am sure they could also give you some nice bending exercises to do on your own. I know in the past when I would ask any of my trainers for homework, they would load me up!