I've never thought about using a forum but I figured I would give it a try!
I have a 14 year old QH owned him for about 4 months. We do the high school rodeos and hes fabulous. However I have had a ton of trouble and aggravation with several issues. I bought his as a project and i don't always have money to see my trainer as much as I would like so I figure I would see what everyone has to say!
For one, it is soo hard to pick up the right lead, or even the lope in general. When I bought him his owners said to keep kicking till he picked up a canter. He is better after 7 months but 95% of the time he will always pick up his left... and he doesn't have any "cues" ... Any ideas?
Next, He is very difficult to "round up" or get him into a frame... I am in a constant battle trying to get his head down but he is tense and it is nearly impossible to get him to lower his head and raise his back and be relaxed at the lope.. I put a tie down on him when we run barrels and all but I want to improve his movement and not rely on the tie down all the time (he still fights the tie down to lift his head)
From what I can tell he was never properly trained to use his back and his haunches and he only knows what basics ive taught him.. (Ive had to teach him back up, turn on the haunches, side pass, and i want him to do flying changes but until we can actually get our correct leads on cue that's impossible!)
He is a hit or miss when we are trying to accomplish something and he is incredibly stubborn!
Any ideas/tips are greatly appreciated!!
p.s. I also ride english, I have a 11 year old TB that I pretty much trained myself and he is absolutly wonderful and an amazing ride. The difference between him and my QH I think is their willingness to work!