I'm having some difficulty in downward transitions. He goes from moving nicely and collected to a beast when I ask to go from a trot to a walk, or walk to a halt, or trot to a halt, etc. He throws all his weight on his forehand and pulls his head down as far as he can. Knowing this, I stretch up very tall and use my chest to try to get him to still use his hind end through the transition. Some days are better than others, so he is improving, but I feel it is a constant battle.
I do plenty of spirals, circles and figure 8s at varies sizes, transitions (upward and downward) at random points on all patterns or just going on the track.
Anyone have any ideas on how to help him stay engaged through his hind end through downward transitions?