I can't really have his back checked, he's not my horse and I only see him once a week. He is normally ok when I ride him, he just got really over excited that lesson.
I'm not sure whether he was switching leads, but my instructor did say he was acting like that because he didn't like going round in that direction, and he did go on the wrong lead about twice when we went into canter, so I had to stop him and try again.
This was a group lesson, so I think we were doing the jumping for the two other people in the lesson as well. I can jump, but when I have private lessons I say that I want to work on canter transitions and no stirrups work which I prefer.
I don't know whether he does this for other riders as I don't see anyone else riding him, but during my lesson about two weeks ago my instructor got on him to show me what trotting no stirrups should be like, and he hasn't playing up then.
I was getting told to shorten up my reins, I ended up having them about a foot long which seemed really short, and I was told to have my outside rein a few inches shorter so that he would not come into the middle.
I would have liked to go in a circle when he was acting up, but when we were cantering the other two people in my lesson were in the middle of the school so I couldn't go in a circle because I didn't want to accidently run into them. When we were jumping, we were all going round at the same time, equally spaced out. I found it quite difficult because I couldn't let him speed up because there was someone in front of me, and I couldn't slow him right down because there was someone behind me.
If there was a horse his size and better behaved, then I would ask to go on them, but I don't think there is. There are lots of ponies that are too small for me, a horse that is really hard to get moving and a horse that bit me when I was tacking up and bucked me off in the lesson. I think Charlie is the best horse for me at the stables, and like I said he is usually ok but some days he is just really hyper.
When he was cantering off, I was just getting told to sit back, haul on the reins and squeeze me knees in.
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
Think about keeping your hands closed so he can't pull you around, but open the rein to the side along with leg aids to get him to disengage his hind.
What do you mean by "disengaging the hind"? I'm not very good at riding terminology