After being broke to ride at a Class A show barn for 7 months last year, we went all the way back to the basics to fix some major holes. I started lessons with an amazing trainer back in January and he's progressed by leaps and bounds ever since. I've got more control over his body now than I ever thought I'd have. Man, I'm glad I don't have any videos from the really bad riding days. Oh, and I'm using that new Micklem competition bridle, which is why he keeps stopping to rub his face on his leg, to see how he and I like it and do with it.
In these videos (taken by my husband and my 8 year old daughter), we're doing work on some of the basics we've been learning. My trainer is a dressage trainer and uses terms that I don't know and often forget (like volte - sp?). We did some turns on the haunches at the walk and trot, turns on the forehand at the walk and trot, tried to work into an extended trot going clockwise, tried to work on long and low walking (this is a touch and go thin -, sometimes it's great, sometimes it doesn't happen), stopping square, balance, and rhythm.
He's very weak on the right side due to conformational issues, so we're dealing with all the problems that brings as well. If you have the sound on, at one point you'll hear them start working on the barn roof and you'll hear my husband and my daughter talking in the background. Lol. Try to ignore all of that.
Let me know what your opinions are and if there's anything you see that I can be working on with him.