Originally Posted by wren
I agree that the 5th picture looks like a great beginning to your dressage career! You have nice light contact, and he seems to be responding well to that. I know its hard to get those standardbred heads to reach down after so much training in the opposite direction. My trainer had me lunge my horse in side reins to help build up the muscles he will need to really collect. Not crazy tight side reins, just enough to encourage the lower head set to help work those muscles.
Thanks! We actually aren't going to do any showing. He is a pleasure horse but why not get him to the best that he can be? He doesn't just do english either. We are doing some dressage because I believe it will give us a really solid base to build off of so we can do different disciplines