I'm working with a 13 year old gelding on WP for his owner, he was originally trained for WP as a 2/3 y/o but his previous owner barrel raced him a lot. We've been together for 3 months and he now is walking and jogging calmly two handed. I have him in a shanked copper training bit with a snaffle mouth. He neck reins at the walk but when I one hand him at the jog he speeds up. I one hand him and reward him for extended times of keeping his slow jog but he still does it. Any tips?
Also, due to the fact that his previous owner rode him in a tie down all the time, when I lope him he tosses his head and braces. He used to do this at the walk and trot, but doesn't anymore. If I loosen him to let his head relax he takes off, if I put even a little bit of pressure on to slow him down, he tosses his head. How can I change this? I have ridden him in a running martingale with a smooth d ring snaffle but that hasn't helped.
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