So attached is a picture of riding today. Jax did this for maybe 5-10% of the time, and rest of the time he had his head up. The thing is, he'd do this of his own accord once in a while, I'd give a little rein to let him and say "yeah! Do that!" and then his silly head would pop back up. He does drop his nose on command, but it's kind of a fake drop that doesn't last long-- or go this comfortably low.
I am working on getting him to move long and low with a lifted back, but I'm having some trouble.
I am doing standing ab exercises ("raking" my fingers under his belly or pressing into the muscle alongside his tail to make him lift his back), trying to get in some hill trotting (and trotting, trotting, trotting...)...
We tried dangling a carrot on a stick ahead and below his nose while riding today, but he is too smart and would just pick up the rope holding the carrot and try to lift it into his mouth (ha!). I am going to try to do some targeting with a lunge stick so that I can ride with it below his nose and he'll reach down to touch it.
Lessons will start again as soon as I have a vet out to check his on-going hind leg stiffness (he isn't the slightest lame, so no worries).
Any thoughts? I really want to help my boy use his muscles better and learn to relax into his movement.
ETA: Don't mind my looking downward-- it was an "oh my gosh! He's doing it!" look. :P