I'm having two problems. The first is happening on several of the horses I ride, so it's probably something I'm doing wrong. Whenever I am riding on the rail, the horse wants to drop their shoulder and drift off the rail. I can keep them on the rail with the outside rein, but then they're bent to the outside and that's not what I want either. I've tried using an indirect inside rein but that doesn't seem to help much, mostly it just makes them mad. I also try to hold them on the rail with my inside leg which helps a little, but they're still bent to the outside. I'm probably not giving these signals as clear or well as I'd like, so I am trying to improve my leg strength and quiet hands. But other an that, is there anything else I should be doing?
The other problem I'm having is with the pony I'm working with right now. He's doing really great, learns everything quickly and is very willing. But when he gets even a slightly short distance on any jump over 2 feet he knocks it down. When he gets a really short distance it's understandable, but he'll knock them down even if its just a little close. I'm wondering if there's any exercises I could do to teach him to pick his feet up when he gets close like that? I was thinking some sort of gymnastics set just a little small for him. I'm not trying to teach him to chip jumps, but his owner wants to sell him and he doesn't really have hunter type movement so I think he'd do best as a pony jumper. He's very brave and he has the scope to do the height, but he won't really do well as a jumper if he's going to knock down a jump when he misses a distance. I'm not too concerned about this, he hasn't been jumping that long and has made huge improvement since he started, so I'm sure he'll work through this eventually. I'd just like to help him get there.