Hey guys, and thanks for the replys.
Just to answer some questions.
Hes only been working for 2 months and maybe its to fast to be cantering under saddle
I dont think I said anything about cantering. I have canta'ed on him outside the arena, but I havnt attempted in the arena yet
are you keeping the reins really tight and making him do that without knowledge of it? How are you getting him to be on the verticle?
You don't want to force his head down on the verticle...you want to encourage him to do so
I dont believe in having contact with the horses mouth when asking to come on to the bit. Therefore there is hardly any pressure on his mouth. I get him to go on the bit by basically my legs and seat. Im using my seat to block when he goes to fast and my legs to guide and push him on. By no means am I forcing him on the verticle, when he gets confused he just puts his head on his chest.
are you using any training devices?
Yes I am. He gets lunged on a Pessoa like lunging device.
Ok some more questions.
Am I doing the wrong thing to be asking him to get on the bit at 4 years of age? He is one of those horses who you cant give disipline to, just lots of praise. Because he is really sensitive and gets frustrated very easliy.
I have been told to keep his mind busy, ie when he starts putting his head on his chest "boaring" do something different like change directions, figure of 8's do a transition etc.
What do you think?