Ditto to the ground work!
Also, always make the right thing easy and the bad thing difficult as hell for him. He tries to spin: Get him facing the right direction throught a tight circle and as soon as hes facing the right direction release all leg and rein pressure. Just let him stand there, being praised with voice and a pat, and think throught what happened. Ask forwards with the legs and voice and have your hands holding no contact, but ready to circle him back round in a nanosecond should he think about turning round. Let him stand facing the right way again and think it through and praise him again. Eventually hel get the point spinning home= circle round with pressure on his sides and bit; direction you want to face= no pressure, just a nice pat and friendly words.
With the cantering, you said hes anxious so dont frighten him more by yanking him back to trot straight away. Let him canter say 3 strides then ask calmly for trot again. Hel work out jumping into canter is more trouble than its worth.
Oh, just a side note- if your current bit doesnt have cheeks or rings on it already, it might be worth getting those rubber bit rings so theres less chance of the bit pulling through his mouth. Not a plesant thing to endure or witness, and 99p of rubber can save a whole load of hassle!
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Last edited by OwnedByAlli; 05-15-2012 at 04:42 PM.
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