I have a 14 year old ottb - we just moved to a barn where we can finally get some lessons in and they are helping us out a bunch! I got him about a year ago he was never retrainned from the track and sat for 7 years. I just fooled around on him till now. Our biggest issue is steering.
We are getting better at the trot - if I'm relax (I have a hard time relaxing my shoulders) he puts his head down and has a nice floating trot. BUt our canter is awful - I am sure its on me and my trainer is helping me relax and stop using so much rein action but I am trying up there on him!!
I'll try to explain what he does....
When we are going to the left he actually steers in along the outside nice but if I ask for a different turn for example a smaller circle at the one end of the ring he turns his head but not his body lol its hard to explain but my trainer says im using to much rein - so I try to explain to her I am pushing with all my outside leg he just doesnt listen to it....
What other aides can I use??
The reins isnt the problem because his head turns but not his body and normally he brings his head up...
I have been working with sitting back and deep trrying NOT to use so much rein and kick wiht my outside but then he just doesnt turn at all..ugh so frustrating! Maybe itll come in time??
He and I are still unbalanced..but he has come far.
MAybe I just need prac in the round pen..
OH here is a good photo if him doing what I am explaining lol
But you can see im using to much instead but believe me there is outside leg too - do I need to open my outside rein???