Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Oich, sounds like fun! lol, I'm kidding - sounds like you are having a rough time out there, and at Training Level, this isn't something you should be dealing with.
I am glad you are looking for help, because as you said, this could lead to trouble. Your horse could hit a fence flat which can lead to a rotational fall.
So, it sounds like he is going around flat, heavy on the front end. So what are you doing position wise, while you are out on course? Where is your body? Upper Body? Seat, legs? Where is your Core? What is it that you are doing, to keep him under you?
You've bitted him right up, with chain and all - and still isn't responding - I say you need to go back to the arena and work on your rhythm control. During lessons, our Coach will randomly ask us to push our horses out and forward, once we hand galloped around a bit, she'll shout "COFFIN CANTER" and we have to bring our horses back under us, by using our Functional Two Points - core, body, upper body, chest, seat, legs - to get our horses under us, in a collected canter at the snap of a finger. Then she'll shout "Hand Gallop" and we let them out, etc, etc.
But, what is it that you are doing with your body, or not doing with your body when your horse gets "out of control" rhythm wise?