09-22-2011, 11:35 AM
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You have him teetering on the edge of being behind your leg and out of the bridle (seen when head goes up or roots down) and being forward enough to go into the bridle and carry himself.
You don't need to speed him up, at all. You need to ENERGIZE him and send him forward into the bridle. Since he is still learning to balance himself speeding him up will make it harder for him to balance. Sending him forward, not speeding him up, will help. It is like putting your foot on the gas pedal when the car is in neutral. Revving the engine does not make the car go faster.
Every time the horse puts his head up, he has backed out of the bridle. Use your leg and send him forward again. At the canter, the horse still needs balance, especially on the left lead. He needs to be much more forward BUT not faster. Leg to send him forward, half halt to keep him from speeding up. Leg and half halt every other stride at canter to bring him forward, energize, and still allow him to start engaging his haunch. Start with big circles and spiral in energizing as he spirals in.
I, personally, really like this horse and see his potential. While he does seem to paddle slightly with his left front, it is minimal and will not limit him here, IMO. Keep up the good work. You have done pretty well getting him working with you, now add some energy that will help him progress.
I hope this helps.