So, to clarify, he is a standardbred x percheron cross. 17.3 hh, and narrow like a SB. His conformation leaves something to be desired - his trot is so rocky theres no way you can ride it without posting for fear you'll be launched out of the saddle. I would like him to pick up his big ol' feet a little more, and he seems to like the idea of going over ground poles (his ears perk up and he actually aims for them) We started last week with just one pole. Where we had to bend around a cone and then head straight to the ground pole.
We are still mastering the trot and collection before we go at higher speeds, Its been a while since I have done ground poles on a green horse for a while and I would like to learn more before I advance him or myself any further.
1. Should I go into half seat/two point? Would this make it easier for him to move under me, balance it out a little bit? To clarify, we aren't stumbling over them, but I would like to give him the opportunity to freely move if needed.
2. What is the correct position, how do I know when I am in it? I fear that by doing to wrong it will hinder more than help.
3. When and what should we do to advance our skills, add more poles, add higher poles, switch it up ect?
Sorry for the major specific questions - but I have found in the past on this forum that if I don't specify, all is fair game.