So got this horse when he was very young, he was the most beautiful, smartest, talented horse i've ever had the pleasure to meet. He was an amazing mover. He was naturally forward, balanced and graceful. He was going to be a beautiful dressage horse.
There was a barn fire and all my tack got torched. The only other tack I had was a bunch of old western tack I got as gifts afterwords. So yeah, yay western.
Some few empty pockets later, I'm back at an english barn. Hooray! But its been years. I've only been trail riding him and now all of his beautiful natural english showmanship is gone! I don't know how to get it back! His head is all up in the air and won't go on the bit. He's got great reach with his trot but no propulsion. Its only every other day his gates are consistent and such.
I do really need help, techniques, or something.
And another problem
He doesn't bend on the right lead. He will if I push him a bit. He'll drop his head for a few seconds and be a good boy. But then rank it back up again and just move his but around corners. I think he has some vision loss in that eye or something. Because he's a perfect bender on the left lead.
I would absolutely lOVE help. I'm getting quite distressed and sad on those days when he decides to be super bad and distracted.
Oh and I'm trying to get use to english saddles again. Its semi difficult.
Sorry that was a lot to take in
Im not quite sure how this forum thing works. So i'll need as much help as I can get! I really appreciate it if anyone comments on this!