Agree with Faye; more important to get the horse forward off the leg than how your body is positioned while applying the crop/whip.
Another thing. AlexS mentioned that the horse is the same way on the lunge line. This is kind of odd, considering he is an OTTB, isn't he?
If you have a round pen, then I would go there. Because this horse isn't giving you an honest forward.
I would free lunge him in there and do whatever it takes to make him move briskling off the "go!" signal. If he just gives you the bare minimum, then really go bonkers in there and make him leap forward to save his own life. Let him go bonkers and leap forward, you do NOTHING .
Next time, try to see if you can get forward or a change in gait from a lazy canter to a whizz canter, using much less of a cue, but do NOT stop until that horse moves out honestly, holding NOTHING back. When he does leap forward do NOT chase him . YOu stop right where you are standing and let him cruise in peace. It is not that he sustain forward that you are looking for (at first) but that he move honestly and freely and promptly off of your cue to Go! After that let him carry himself . The place of freedom will be when he is out there cantering. When he slows down , then pressure comes on. Really important to take the pressure off when he goes forward correctly, even if he can only carry that for a few steps.
Last edited by tinyliny; 03-08-2011 at 04:11 PM.