Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I think you're making progress with getting him relaxed, but do you really need a flash(crossed) noseband to keep his mouth closed? I'm not sure that he's really on the bit, since he does fuss a little. Regarding your hands, experiment with planting your knuckles in front on the pommel on his neck after you ask for a trot, and see if he stays quiet on the bit. This will keep you from hitting him in the mouth, IF that is what is happening. You seem have a nice seat. I say this a LOT, but work without stirrups will give you a nice, weighted, deep seat. Dressage is an art, but it is ALSO a means to an end. If possible, work him without jumping poles and any other parphenalia in your ring, unless you are using them to get your horse to pick up his feet. I prefer to have an empty work area. I like to be able to mix up the schooling, add a half pass here or there, or take my horse into a corner and do a haunches in or back into a corner and do a forehand in there. Hope this helps, and keep working on it!