Today I rode my intstructor's 9 yo OTTB gelding. She just got him last fall and is working on his suppleness and leaning into the bit. Nonetheless, he's a pretty good guy. I was riding him with a bareback pad and he was still pointy! His spine and my tailbone were a little too friendly for comfort. Any advice? Or is it just a wait and hope it gets better as his back muscles up? He's quite a bit taller and way narrower than the Arab I'm used to!
Also, what is 'leaning into the bit'? And what do you do to fix it? He's being trained for English, so I know there's supposed to be contact, but it's supposed to be with nice vertical head carriage and responsiveness, not just "Cool, I can pull now." Which is what it felt like, almost like he was pulling me forward off balance part of the time.