Starting with background information; my horse hasn't been in full work for more than a year. He was only being ridden 1-3 days a week, he had no muscle. Now I'm riding him 5-6 days and he's got some muscle back.
Here are the issues I've had..
Lately he's been having a lot of issues with well, cantering in general.
First off, he's been having a very hard time picking up the left lead without me doing a haunches-in and asking him to pick up the canter. He picks it up when I do a haunches-in, and then he's fine.
Secondly, I have noticed that when he does a lead change, whether it be a simple or a flying change, he doesn't always switch his back lead along with his front? And then he crossfires for a few strides and switches it. It's happened quite often, free lunging, riding and ground driving. I'm not really sure if this means he's unbalanced or what, but I don't know what to do.
Third off, flying changes will be the death of me. He had auto changes before he had his little vacation and losing his muscle. Now I figured that since he has gained back a lot of his muscle, that he would remember the changes.. not. So I went back to simple changes, and now he can have just one trot stride before picking up the right lead.. but I have tried and tried to get the flying change, and it's not there. I always switch my weight to the outside iron just like before, but he won't do them! How should I go about reteaching him? I feel like it's probably me that's causing him to not change, but I need ideas of what to do!
Also so you know, he has seen the chiropractor in the last 30 days, his saddle fits perfectly, and his teeth don't need to be done. So I don't really think these are health issues.