I just have a few questions on our latest problems
So my horse is built down hill...not seriously, but a little bit. I know this contributes to the fact that he can't tuck his legs perfectly, but he has done this before. I have plenty of pics of him where his legs are tightly tucked and he is jumping beautifully, but recently, he is being lazy with his legs and sometimes doing the dangerous habit of hanging a leg. When he does that, it's usually when we don't have a whole lot of impulsion, or the jumps are smaller. But my point is, if he has tucked before and has gotten over safely for the past four years, this shouldn't be a problem now. Maybe he is just being lazy with his legs?
Other problem: We are working on collection, and my horse is starting to hang on my hands. My trainer says he can deaden his mouth by hanging on my hands, due to the constant pressure.
Soo, my two questions are - 1. Is there anything I can do to get my horse to pick up his legs better? I am talking about something OTHER than jumping. I can't jump when I'm not in a lesson, so I was looking for something along the lines of a pole pattern, maybe trot poles?
2. What do I do to get my horse lighter so he isn't hanging on my hands? My trainer says if I squeeze my legs and lift my inside rein, then put it back down, he should lif his head, do you agree?
I think I will be calling my trainer later on about having her ride him once a week for a bit so she can help with some of these problems we are having...