I got him when he was 5,and he was way too much for me to handle.so I asked my senior instructor for lessons so that she could help me.i used to be so nervous when riding him,and he always used to cut the track off,go around with his head like a girafe,my instructor called him the girafe,because his head used to be so high.
When I started to jump him he used to look at the jumps as if they were the scariest thing and put his head right down to the ground,and bolt off after the jump.
Now he will jump anything and wont put his head down to look at the jump.but if he doesnt like anything he will back of the jump,that is still something we are working on,and all I need to do is kick him on.
The thing is he really leans on my left rein,i do equal amount of work on both reins,and have my right rein shorter,because he makes it go really baggy.it really annoys me,because the left rein used to be his good rein.has anyone got any suggestions?
Also all of you dressage people out there,do you work your horse into an outline,or do you ask him as soon as you start riding?i work Thomas into an outline,because he goes nicer,and engages his hind quarters better,and if I ask him for an outline which he can do ok (ish) his head just comes back up again.
Sorry this post is so long.