Anticipating lope departures
I have a fairly green 4 year old wp gelding that has been anticipating lope departures. He is solid in his walk and jog, but when I move my outside leg to start to ask for his lead, he tends to get his head up a little, hollow out a smidge and speed up.
What I have been doing to improve his departures is to use my lope cues, such as using my outside leg to push his hip over like I would when asking for the lope and go around the arena like that till he has relaxed.
Anybody have an experience with this issue? What did you do to fix it?
I like to hear other methods of doing things in case one works better than what I have been doing.