I have had Jack for a little over a year. He is a 17 y.o. Grade QH.
The first 6+ months I had him I only trail rode him as a simple way to get him into some sort of working condition. He had been sitting in small paddock for about 7 years prior to me getting him, and before that he was used as a trail horse. He was sooo incredibly out of shape and obviously had very little "proper" training.
Recently, we've been working on picking up the correct leads at the canter, beginning some lateral movement (turn of the forehand and haunches), consistency of tempo and speed at the trot and canter as well as balance at the canter, encouraging him to seek contact with the bit (he had never used a bit before I got him- only hackamores) and other basic exercises. I also took him to a few small cattle sorting competitions this past winter, which was a blast.
It's obvious from the video that I have not worked with a trainer in a loooong time. I haven't taken a lesson in about 10 years and my position is terrible because of it (I'm also pretty out of shape). I would LOVE to take lessons again but it's not in the budget for now :( Please let me know what I need to improve on. I take criticism very well and would appreciate any advice that you can give me!
I'm hoping to take him to a couple of local shows this summer... what classes should we enter? Green horse? Adult walk/trot? I wouldn't be expecting to place in these classes but I don't want to embarrass myself or my horse either.
Thank you in advance! :)