So my trainer came out and rode Ice for the second time on Friday. It was mostly a "getting to know you again" ride without any sort of real training going on. She decided that he needs a loooooot of muscle building and conditioning, and not necessarily more "training" per se. He went fabulously with her, but there were a few things that she did point out to me, some of which have been discussed and some of which have not.
The first thing she asked (I mean in the first ten minutes of being on him) was if he always set his head the way he did. I replied yes, because as far as I know, he does. I think that this is a lack of a top line and not using his back correctly, which means we'll be working on getting him collected. However, she could have also meant the second thing.
She noticed that he kind of tucks his nose into his chest while in a bit. I have not experienced this since I've never ridden him in a bit, so I can't say for sure, but I think he might just be trying to evade the bit contact. Could it also be just the fact that he's heavy on the forehand? She rode him in an O-ring 3 piece, but I didn't get a look at it so I'm just going to assume it was a french link (I know theres a discussion on the board about dr. Bristols/ french links and their similar looks). However, I can say that while in a hackamore, he does seem to throw his nose out, and try to evade contact that way equally.
So is this just a matter of him needed more time under saddle? He's a 12 y/o OTTB but he's only been working under saddle for I'll say 6 months.