Well my horse is 10 now and he's an italian sports horse gelding (16.2hh).
He's done most stuff in his life apart from shows and was at an equine college before I got him so he's well schooled etc. They did a lot of schooling so he was getting fed up of it so since iv had him iv mainly hacked and done a bit of jumping He loves both of those so he's no problem to ride, forward and responsive.
However, Iv started schooling him a bit now and he is going really nicely with a good head carriage at walk but he just so unresponsive. Where he's been ridden by novices at the college he's hard mouthed and when schooling he switches off/dead to the leg(completely opposite out hacking).
Id just like some opinions on how to get and keep his attention, how to make him more responsive and less hard mouthed. I want to change his bit(currently in a 3 ring gag) as he's too strong out hacking in it and too lazy for it in field. The more you pressure him to move faster (i.e squeezing more,spurs, little tap of whip he gets assy and stops altogether. He also has an awful habit of putting his ears back and grinding his teeth when I ask him for a more forward trot/extension.
Eventually I want him to do low level eventing and he defo has the potential his schooling just needs work I also find that If I warm him up and do some jumping he's much more responsive/forward to school and generally works better.
Sorry for the ramble...
Ps. I don't have an actual menage so all schooling done in field