I'm open to suggestions on this one. I'm training a 5yo OTTB. He's been doing great! Couldn't ask for a more willing horse to learn. I know it takes a lot of time and patience so please don't take this as I'm rushing everything, I'm definitely not. I'm just merely looking for ideas and suggestions to make things better.
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?