Originally Posted by Buckcherry
Ok so I have a 6 yr old OTTB I just started to work with him and he's a great horse just very green.. The problem I'm having is he bows out and will not stay on the rail when I'm riding him. I try using my inside rein and leg to push him over but he just doesn't understand. He will turn his head towards the rail but he keeps his body bowed out and won't move over. I'm going to start lessons with him in feb, but I wanted some advice in the mean time.
So how do I teach him to move off of pressure?
Also he's really mouthy with the bit. He's got about a 1/4 inch on each side of his mouth so it fits and it's a french link so it shouldn't be pinching. Could it be hurting him??
By bowed out, do you mean that his whole body is bent the wrong way completely? Sounds like you may be getting stuck and in that situation I personally would start doing lots of circles and serpentines. Sometimes I ride an ottb who gets so nervous that he will do that and the circles really help to get his mind off of it. I also say make lemonade where you can. If he is totally bent in another direction then just change directions. Obviously this is just in the beginning whn they are still trying to figure out what you are asking! =) I feel like circles and serpentines are the answer to many problems. Hopefully your trainer is familiar with ottbs and will be able to help guide you along but in the meantime that is what I would do. Best of luck!