Thanks for your input guys!
I've been reading up on stuff and feel like I really haven't gotten all of Shamrock's foundation "covered". I read an article about where a horse should be in his training at certain ages and, considering he's 6 & I've had to re-train him, I couldn't help but feel discouraged.
It also talked about this 6 tier training scale that he should know -
But I don't know if he has ANY of that. :/ I just know that I've taught him to walk, trot, canter and as of today we started working on him responding to the lightest leg aids possible and moving really forward.
I don't take lessons right now, it's not really an option, and I just want Shamrock to be the best horse he can be.
Pfft, my mare is six, I rode her like I had to teach her from scrap, she had the basics, could barely canter under saddle due to lack of muscle and balance and now we're getting there. What about broodmares that have foals for the first 10years then get brought in to work? It may be the 'ideal' but its just the same as the 'ideal' confirmation etc- unless you're riding all the way to the top it doesn't matter that much.
Best thing you can do for yourself if you have no trainer, and I remember saying you don't live in a horsey area before, is discipline yourself, watch dvd's, youtube, books, think about your position, get eyes on the ground and someone to film you so you can critique, or post on here so people can help you and work on it.
Think of schooling programmes, is he stiff on one rein? Do more bending excercises on it, try and get him working in a soft outline without tiring too much (this takes time, not oan overnight thing) and working from behind, then start introducing more and more.
It would help if you could let us know what stage he is at, how much work you do with him and film it :)