I've got a few new photo's of my little WB gelding going at a clinic yesterday.
He's very green, was out of work for around 12 months before I started working with him. He's now been in consistent work for approximately 3 months. Previously he was an absolute nervous wreck, would NOT go forward at all, would suck right back off the bridle and open his mouth while drawing his tongue back. If you touched the rein to pick up some contact he would lose the plot.
These habits still come into play occasionally, but he is feeling much better.
I've been riding him up and out with poll at the highest point for the last couple of months now that he's starting to relax, to try and get him up into the bridle a little more and as he likes to dive on his front legs at any given opportunity. The clinician however, wanted me to ride him a little deeper during the clinic, going for a different means of getting him into the bridle by having him deep, riding him forwards and into it but keeping his soft and giving at the poll rather than bracing.
So now that I've finished my essay (sorry!) here's the photos. Break it to me nicely as I'm starting to really like this little guy
Oh and I don't want to hear a thousand 'look ups'... I already know, it's a frustrating habit that I'm madly trying to break, I'm fine in competition and when things are going well, but when I'm trying to focus I zone out on my surroundings and look down
(terrible hands in this one, don't know what happened there!)