YARG! neeed help!
Ok... I don't have a trainer anymore. Now I'm in trouble until I find a new one...
I am having problems with Lucky. I would normally consult her about this stuff but I'm hoping to get some advice from you guys, so I can work on it. Just some background:
Lucky is a 6 year old QH Gelding (Today's his birthday!). He is "fully" (im told atleast) trained in Western Pleasure. He also has training for Team Penning, some Reining and was started on barrels but only just barely since he was 4 or 5 when they started him.
I plan on doing Western Pleasure and Team Penning, but right now I'm focusing on Western Pleasure.
Some of the things he can do are:
He does walk, jog, trot, trope(yuck), lope, canter, and gallop and he can extend all his gaits as well as collect them, he can work in a proper frame at the w/t/c I've seen it done I just can't do it yet, he does rollbacks, sliding stops, small slow spins, works off a riders leg alone, neckreins, he's very light and responsive to rein/leg, he's willing and obediant to say in the least, he backs, sidepasses, turns on the forehand, turns on the hind, and he does half passes.
Honestly, he can do it all and I can't.
I can get him to work in a nice frame only at the walk... we are just starting the trot. The thing is, I don't know HOW exactly he was trained, so we've been playing "guess and check" to see how he works so its been slow going.
I can get him to slow down and jog, in a long and low frame, as well collect up, but only for a few strides. I'm trying to work on him collecting... I have to constantly remind him to keep his headset, as soon as he takes it, i'll ask him to hold for a few seconds, then release, and pat him for holding. If I ask him to hold for more than a few seconds he will slow way down and walk instead. I've tried asking him to hold more gently to make sure I'm not over-cueing but then he will drop out of the frame, so I tried squeeze, with nothing more than my thighs he'd walk and then he'd pick back up again but too quickly and we'd be trotting instead of jogging. Then I'd have to slow him down and it'd be an on going process of stopping and going too fast and being just plain irregular in the rythm. If I leave his head alone, and let him carry it wherever he's comfortable, he jogs beautifully except its all over the place and not collected, or even long and low for that matter. Its just natural! If I as him to drop into a low frame and leave him alone after he does, his head always sneaks back up after a few strides. I devoted an entire day o just reminding him to drop his head and he was no better by the end of the session. I must be doing something wrong! I can see he's trying, he will start licking and chewing after a few times to figure me out. I feel frusterated, he's trying to figure me out and I'm afraid I'm confusing him. I am geting video asap. The arena lights are out and we are waiting on the electrician to see whats up. I'd take him out during the day but right now I can only go riding after 10pm because of me and my moms work schedules and by then its too dark to take video and the laterns only light up enough to ride, the video camera isn't sensitive enough to pick it up.