It's been awhile since I posted in this section of the forum and I'll try to keep this as short as possible, without creating a whole book. Recently, I've take n my horse Chinga back to the basics with flat work and as many of you have seen both him and I are benefiting from this is more ways then I considered possible, I have also noticed that his jumping (and mine) is rapidly improving with both of us becoming more and more experienced. Along with this his respect and his willingness to work has greatened.
His training excellently, although it takes me a solid thirty minutes to get him to work into a nice frame, I've noticed that with consistent work that this is becoming a smaller time frame. Recently, I have started to attempt to expand his knowledge by teaching him "dressage movements". We're currently starting out with the basic sidepass. However, he seems to become quickly confused and to not understand. He will start to backup and sometimes become so inpatient that he will begin to paw - his a young tb and has the attention span of a toddler. So I attempt to keep the sessions short and change things up to entertain his small mind. When he does throw this "tantrums" I will quieten him down and ask him to relax, before trying again and as soon as I get the smallest "response" to what I am asking, I praise and continue on with something else to entertain him. Anyway, I've considered, maybe I'm going about things the wrong way. So I would love to hear the experienced members of the forums "ways" of "training" the sidepass. I believe that both Chinga and I do have the ability to do this movement, which I have performed many times before on more experienced horses - I understand that this alone does not make me equipt to train the movements of dressage to a horse.