Dakoda is 9 years old. I've only had her for a year. And this is the first year that I've been able to get her to take her right lead.. but other than that she is pretty much "broke". She trail rides, side passes both ways, piviots on the forehand, and the hind quarters. I would just like to start showing her in WP classes, and have her head down at a decent height. =] How would you start to get her to lift her back, and use her haunches?
When I lunge/round pen her, I use a lot of turning around. She's able to turn right around now, rather than earlier this summer, she had to due screaming " u turns" to turn around.. she just piviots/spins around now. :) Would doing lots of turns help? I also make her do lots of trotting, and loping.. getting her to go slow for a bit (1 circle around me) and then letting her to go back to her same speed.. with out breaking gate around me as well. Big No No. lol.
I'm working on this a little with my own gelding, achieving correct engagement, etc., but English style. Correct engagement is correct engagement, IMHO, no matter what saddle the horse is wearing. Lots
of transitions. Walk to halt, walk to trot, trot to halt. When you get these transitions instantly, on a loose rein. You're riding from your seat here, using your seat to either ****** forward motion, encourage forward motion, or follow motion that you're happy with. Remember, during each transition, your order of aids should be seat, then leg, then rein. I do this with a soft contact on the reins, but I imagine that it could pretty easily be done on the longer WP rein as well. Lots of transitions from gait to gait, transitions within gaits (my guy is starting to learn this right now... it's really cool to ride them when they start getting "gears" within gaits!
) from slow, medium, to fast, and transitions within figures and patterns.
There are some great threads on this site about collection and achieving a correct frame. Honeysuga found awesome examples of what you are and aren't after.
EDIT: Beware of hindquarter disengagements (turns on forehand, crossing hind legs) here. Yes, you should be able to disenage the horse's hindquarters as a matter of control, but a disengaged hind end is not going to be effective when it comes to rounding up correctly and getting the horse off of his forehand.