Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: In my own little world;)
I'm probably going to get yelled at for this, but it's the only way I know how to fix the issue.
I would put a snaffle on, and feed the line thru the bit, over the top of the head, and attached it to the other side of the bit. Then I would attach the reins the the shoulder "D" ring, having the inside rein tighter than the outside. You want the inside to be tight enough to discourage bending to the outside, but loose enough that if he's bending correctly there's no contact (pressure vs. release). As far as picking up the canter, I would get after them until they pick it up, if they try to kick at me, I force them to face me, yell at them or whatever to assert that I'm the boss, and do it again. Once they pick it up, verbally reward them, let them go a few strides, bring them down, and repeat.
Last edited by busysmurf; 02-21-2012 at 03:24 PM.
Reason: brain not working