Dropping Head At the Trot And Stopping.
This has been a very frustrating experience, My thoroughbred has been very lazy, when I ask him to trot, he goes maybe a couple strides and then literally lower his head down so slow that it is pulling on my reins, and when he feels the pressure, as I make sure I don't pull, he stops... even if he is trotting without lowering his head he will stop.
I've had the vet clear him, has had his saddle checked repeatedly, it has a changeable gullet system and I use a gel pad to make sure its not knocking his shoulders.
So what happens is when he trots his head just feels so heavy its almost touching the ground and then when he does that, its like his front legs are not engaged and he gets sloppy and stumbly and stops. For the longest time I thought it was his hooves or something wrong, but I realized its just him being lazy and knows he can do this to get me off because I get concerned..
When he drops his head, per my trainer, I give him a kick to get his head up and make sure that Im not pulling on the reins, much rather I have them collected so that if he tries to lower, he feels my pressure, but he really doesnt care, he'll keep pulling and pulling on that rein, and it's very frustrating because Im tired of trying to kick him to death while trying to post on the right diagonal, plus trying to keep him in the corners of the arena * he cuts corners >_> ALOT while trotting and cantering*
My trainer has ridden him a couple times and attributes to him being lazy and his cutting corners that he's just too lazy to look where he's going or focus.
Also, if I get at him a lot for this, he starts getting ornery
I want to know what your opinions or solutions you have to this?? Thank you!