Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Keep asking for his head.
Try holding steady with both hands, and pull straight back to your hip with your inside rein, and let him fight with the bit until he gives and flexes his head down and to the inside. Try this at a walk first, and keep him walking forwards - no stopping! Make him work up into the bit. (I will post a video showing what I mean this weekend.)
As for the cantering, try doing a small circle at a jog, then just as you're coming to the rail again, ask him up into a lope, and go straight along the wall - if he starts to speed up, do a circle - start off large and if he doesn't slow down, circle smaller. When he slows, reward him by letting him go large, and circle again when he gets rushy.
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