Need Some Ideas on Retraining New Horse
Hey guys. So I recently bought a little QH paint, and the previous owner has only ridden him western, on trails, and always with draw reins. (shudder). I started riding him (no martingale, draw reins, etc) just a basic french link snaffle and english saddle, and surprisingly he doesn't duck behind contact, (I am riding on a very light rein) but he has no idea on where to place his body. Right now I am working on keeping him straight and getting him to bend (serpentines, circles in and out, transitions) and he is actually beginning to collect himself up and travel off the forehand. My question I guess is, how will I know when he is muscled up enough to continue training? I don't want to push him farther then he is ready, but my goal is to get him into good enough shape for jumping eventually. Thanks!