Okay so, I'm going to embed a video (hopefully , if it works) of me working with my 7 year old Percheron cross. Lately we've started canter work. Misty is very green and needs more miles but seems to be excited to jump (small ones) and that is also sometimes incorporated into our sessions. You will see that she looks soooooooo much happier while free lunging in the beginning of the video. :
She is now cantering on cue and she's getting more balanced and for the most part listening to my half halts and seat to come to a more controlled and slower canter. She is a very 'round' horse being a Perch x and majorly bouncy - a lot different that many of the other horses I"ve ridden in the past. She's my sweetheart though ...has a very nice temperament.
So if you review my video you'll see that her ears are back ...I wouldn't say 'pinned' but definitely not forward and happy looking. I do use a lot of voice while riding but it doesn't seem that she's doing it because she's listening to my voice ..she looks unhappy. :(
She's in great health , very fit , has had chiro work on her , she's barefoot and perfectly in balance and very healthy as well.
Please let me know your thoughts ...any critique /tips are very welcome as well. Just be tactful about it and constructive with any advice.