Do you have time to surf the web for pictures? I would love to see examples.... My avatar, is it good or bad?
I don't need to go surfing because unfortunatly I never managed to stop him doing it entirely and quite often in the showring he would suddenly go from being light and round to leaning on your hands and breaking at the 3rd as it was easier for him.
So I have plenty of pictures of him doing it
(he is the pony at the back of that picture)
Pride after a lot of schooling, he is still breaking at the 2rd but at least he is using his backside
Picture of him going properly-ish, this is in a grand parade so his outline was the least of my worries, we had to contend with having cows, pigs, sheep, bands, tractors, motorbikes, a hell of alot of birds being released and to top it off we had a fly over by the Red Arrows.
Even so you can see he still has the slight tendancy to break at the 3rd.
Compare Pride to Stan, who didnt know how to break at the 3rd, he only ever knew how to go properly.
Stan goin beautifully, look at the smooth arch of the neck. the poll is the highest point
Stan overbent but still not
breaking at the 3rd
Where he and I are having a fight about the speed at which we are going (he wanted to race the 17hh hunter, I wanted to maintain a nice canter), his neck is round and whilst he is over bent and his poll is not the highest point there is no kink in his neck like pride got.
Stan has NEVER had a pair of draw reins anywhere near him