he has a bit of a head bob going on that i'm not sure what to think of. :/
You would be correct, he does have a bob. There is a gravel driveway on the way to the show pen. Even after picking his feet beforehand, when we picked his feet after the class we noticed he had a large sharp bit of gravel in his frog. It was pobably hurting :'(
No, I never ride Cowboy western. Honestly, I'm just a bit afraid of making him hard in his mouth. At the canter we have been working on collecting him and making him use himself. Do you all mean that I should have a tighter contact with his mouth? That's what we've been woking, if this isn't the case, please specify ;)
As you can tell from the home-video, I do like to canter the courses ^.^ One of the big reasons I trotted was because Cowboy was already tired - It was his first show, last classes of a big day, and it was hot. He had worked really hard, and in warm-up I could tell it would be hard on him to push through the whole 2 courses at a canter. When we build his stamina a little more, we will grab a hold of cantering everything :)
Thank you all for the lovely coments on Cowboy :) Yes, he is likely the most docile 4 yr old I have riden :p OTTB 4 yrs, at least ;)
About him rushing the jumps - he is starting to try it. We will jump, stop, and back. Not for punishment, just so he anticipates it, and won't charge. So that keeps that habit at bay. We don't do that every jump, just if he gets fast, and I'll still throw one in ever so often.
And lastly, I do have a tendancy to lean forward x.x Any excersises to help this?
Keep the comments coming! Thank you all!