I think just because of the jabbing, but it's alright he will settle back down soon if you continue to work with him. It took my horse (retraining not starting fresh) over 5 months to work on coming down because he was used to being up. It won't take that long I can assure you.
How do you cue him for turns? And the trot cue?
The more walking you put him in, the better for him at this moment. Lots of bending and weaving should be your goal. You want him bendy bendy and not bracing or tense at all :)
Originally Posted by tinyliny
I think longer rope reins (single rein) will be best. That way, you can completely drop one rein when you pick up the other , say, for a disengagement or what ever, and the reins will stay on the neck. No chance of losing one of them.
You do know you can tie split reins together, right? :P That's what we're planning on doing since we cannot afford to lose reins on Sky lol.. that would be a disaster.