Today was our first lesson of the year and at our new stable. It was wonderful. Jane (my trainer) opted for ground work today as Cinny hasn't really been worked since October. After assessing him for about half an hour she decided that we need to start with the shoulders.
Jane says he is locking up through the shoulders and chest and bracing against himself in his front end so we are going to concentrate on freeing the shoulders and chest sot hat he can then move forward and fluidly through the shoulders. Then we will work on further encouraging the hind end to follow suit. Her theory is that he can't move more forward in the hind if he's is not moving forward I the fore and locking it up and bracing at the fore instead.
I leaned some new exercises that include free lunging with his lead line tied at his girth. It's hard to explain but his head is every so slightly bent to the side and down to encourage proper shoulder engagement and movement. Once he relaxes in to it he moves so much better than I have EVER seen him move in my life!!!
I have plenty of homework and look very forward to my next lesson. I'll try to remember the video camera next time :O