Now since I am the one getting him back into shape, I want to work really really hard on all of the important little stuff like walk trot and canter.
So, Pie is a great little guy. He is super up and tons of fun. BUT when trotting or cantering he sticks his head down below the bit and when you give him leg he just moves faster, sometimes putting his head back up. I haven't been doing much canter work because I don't want to have him hand galloping around. I want to teach him how to become round, but with him being a butthead about the whole leg thing I am not sure how to go about doing so. Also when he gets done with a workout (when I am not yet done) he sticks his head down and really prances around. We are going to switch up his bit (hopefully-he is in a mullen-mouth and he doesn't need it) And I am going to do a lot of gymnastics and smaller cavaletti work, but I was wondering if anyone else had a problem like this and if there was any advice to be given.
He is NOT in pain, he is the most happy horse to be working. He loves the ring and has no spook. He knows whoa he just doesn't do whoa when jumping, which I will be working on along with the balancing thing.
Anyways, I hope I can get some insight on this problem because it is very frustrating. Thanks :)