Walk is as perfect as I think I'll get it. He responds great and I'm pleased with the progress.
Trot is doing pretty good, but I'm running into some problems.
He'll listen, he'll turn, and behave....BUT lately (just today) he's been literally sticking up his nose WAY up high when I first ask him to trot...but puts it down after about 3 steps. I have a loose rein on him, so its not his mouth bothering him.
The other problem with it, is that he will NOT take small circles for neckreining. He'll do it fine for direct reining with no problem at all, but for neckreining he takes a bigger circle. I know it's not a physical issue for he does it fine for direct reining. I think it's a metal issue. How would I fix this?
Also, for cantering and neckreining...I'm having problems. I don't want to use the carrot stick at high speeds mainly because I was able to do without it for the trot, so I thought I could do it for the canter...but maybe I'm wrong.
Try as I might he won't respond to it in a canter. Maybe I'm doing something wrong or maybe I need to go back into the roundpen and work in there.
Any ideas? Thanks