Help on bending through the body...
I'm a lurker...so a newbie to posting. I hope someone can take some time to help me out here.
I have a four year old green cob, backed one year ago. I have lessons from the guy who started him and really, all is going well, slowly but surely.
The situation at the moment is failure to bend through the body and follow the nose especially when his mate is off to the side or the gate is calling!
We've been working solidly in walk and there's no problem.
Moving on to trot recently and I spot a problem. On a left circle, he's looking right. We can manage a good curve in certain areas of the arena but near his mate, near the gate, trainer out of the centre etc and he's just arrogantly head to the right, body moving left.
I've looked in all my books and I really want to work on it before my next lesson but nowhere really states how to correct this issue. My books just outline what is desirable- not how to fix the issue.
I'm weighting inside seat, outside rein against neck, inside rein raised slightly, looking where I'm going, inside leg on girth, outside back, moving his buddy, rewarding appropriately and on and on. We're doing loops, serpantines, figure eight's.
What's the next step? What am I missing? How do I work on this?
Any wise words? Much appreciated...