Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I am not sure if you are referring to me or the original poster, but my horse is able to work in a frame - he does it without contact, mostly from seat/leg drive. My problem is when I add contact, he tends to get heavy (lazy), but I have been working on that recently, and am seeing improvements daily (spending more time half halting in warm up - recommended by regardinghorses). As it is, he is very responsive and supple - just needs some finishing work.
As a rider, I may not always be pretty (when training - I don't always have the prettiest upper body equitation), but I know how to ride a horse properly (with a long and strong history in both English and western riding). Of course there is always room to improve. :)
Dez is the second horse that I have trained from start to finish (almost finished), and he has proven to be a bit more slow to pick things up and a bit more lazy than my gelding was. I think a lot of it comes from him being a little more distractible as a stallion (but still very well behaved).
I do appreciate your encouragement, and I definitely spend some time working with a trainer when I hit walls in my training (which I did last summer). I am currently not at a wall that I cannot handle with a little advice though. :)
It is good to know I may always have to work on keeping him light - it seems fitting to his personality that he will likely test me always with whether or not I will let him get away with laziness. :) I have a feeling he will play dumb with other riders too, in order to be lazy. Oh well. :)