Originally Posted by AnalisaParalyzer
the only place i've seen him canter is the round pen, without a rider, and that's where he bunny hops and crossfires and leans. I havent tried to canter on his back yet as I don't want him to slip or hurt himself (or me!)
I may try free lunging in a bigger area so he can get himself together though.... thanks cherie :)
Yes, what Cherie is saying is good. Plus I would add, take him out of the round pen, in terms of a horse learning to balance himself - round pens are not helpful at all, the round shape tends to help a horse circle instead of making him stand upright and balance on a circle, the horses will tend to lean in and get unbalanced and use the round shape as a crutch.
I've seen plenty of horses lunged in a round pen and as soon as you take them out of the round pen they lean and pull and generally don't know what they're doing on the end of the lunge line