I've had Luke for not quite 2 years. He was retired from racing at 3 years. He knew nothing except how to run and buck when I got him as a suprise 2 Christmas' ago. In fact, everytime I got on him he would buck me off. He's actually shattered my helmet and made my vision blurry, given me migraines, etc. etc. That was last year, and for some reason he's not bucking anymore and is actually growing up this year! He's my first horse, and i've been riding for 3 years? (I think?) I'm currently 15, and he's 5. Anyways, he's pretty good in the walk and trot, but his canter is still a little bit fast. I want him to be slower than what he is. What can I do to sloooww that canter? I also want to be able to ride him in a snaffle or mild bit. Right now he's being rode in a kimberwicke. I don't think they are allowed in dressage, and I just don't really like having to ride him in one. It makes me feel guilty for some reason, I don't know. I do have a snaffle, so is there anyway I can start riding his in a snaffle and be able to control him? I'd also like to be able to keep his head in the proper position while in the snaffle. Would the snaffle be too mild for him? Is there anyway I can introduce it to him and make him learn to be softer mouthed? Thank you!
Video Examples (Just so you know what's going on):
(Oh dear! Please don't say anything about my horrible position! Ekk! I know my hands need to be up higher and my legs need to be down and behind the girth more. I'm working on that. I know I look horrible! Just focus on him... It's funny, while his riding is getting better, mine is getting worse! Lol)
AND...If you think we're bad now (lol), look at some last year photos compared to this year's:
Before: (Last year)
After: (This Year)
(haha, I look so stupid in this one!)