Hey all :)
First things first, I've never really cared for showing much, but this year I've really wanted to get into showing in 4H shows more with him before I graduate. My horse really excels at pattern classes like trail and horsemanship. I don't have heavy hands per say, but I do know I use my reins too much when I ride and not enough steering with my legs, so I've been working on that a lot! (I bought my horse when he was a greenie, I don't have a trainer, and I don't take lessons so I do all of this by myself.. )
He's NOT dead to the leg at all when we're talking forward or backward motion; in that case he's very responsive. Lately I've been trying to work on leg yielding and side passing and I've encountered a little problem. He doesn't move off my leg laterally. I can yield his front end decently (like front legs cross and he basically does a crude pivot), but I cannot get him to yield his back end by itself, and I figure that's the first step to moving laterally
He yields his front and back ends fine on the ground when I poke him.
Got any suggestions or exercises for me? Especially for moving his back end, but also for lateral movement??