Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
practice practice practice :) practice keeping a nice steady pressure on the reins and driving him forward into a frame. it seems he does know what to do he just isnt very confident with it. work on being soft and supple yourself and it will make it easier for him to be soft and supple :) dont forget to reward by giving a little when he puts his head down. even if you exaggerate it in the beginning. im in the process of getting my wb in a constant frame instead of going in and out of one. because we have done so much pressure and release work he is reasonably sensitive to pressure. when he puts his head down i immediately give so there is no pressure at all on his mouth. then i pet him and walk on. this is just a little exercise i do for a bit each day. even if we dont do any flatwork its good to just chill out and take it slow.
ground work wouldnt hurt either. maybe some lunging with side reins. this can help to for any balance issues. a lunging system is also a good idea but im not sure if you have access to one or could get one. but yeah, practice and groundwork and you will get there :)
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"