Hi everyone.. been a while since I've last been on here..
I have a 5 year old appaloosa.., he's quite long in the back
Only this year have I started doing a lot more work with him, although I'm having a bit of trouble getting him to balance himself and to stop using the reins as a balancer.
When I canter him he uses he forehand way to much, and leans on me to balance himself. I didn't realise how bad it was until the otherday I fully gave him a loose rein and he just raced and went into the middle of the school nearly falling over, he races round corners too. So I want to get him using his backend more and more in an outline so he can balance himself.
I tried lunging him again the other day it was the first time I managed to get circles of canter where he was attempting to "run" straight out the circle and yank himself in the mouth from the lungline although he still pulled quite a bit (he was on a wide circle). He seemed to calm down after a bit and slowed down his pace even though he was still pulling and was still stretching out with his head up quite a bit. I'm going to do more lunging with him and keep to just trot when riding him as if he can't canter nicely and balance himself on the lunge will be harder for him to do it with me riding him
I was wonderin if anyone had any ideas to how I can get him to conform himself a bit better?
I've heard of pessoas and heard quite a lot of positive feedback from them as they don't force their head into a position and don't constantly pull at there mouth.
I was wondering what you guys on here thought?
Any advice would be grateful :)