I have been working with my colt for about 4 months now, just slowly training. (He gets riden about once a week)
He walks and trots very nicely and will collect and give to the bit when I ask him to. He responds to leg yeilds, is slowly getting the hang of pivoting, and can somewhat sidepass. He is a really easy guy to ride, but his lope is a different story.
He can't get collected for the life of him at the lope. Even when he is in the pasture, he runs around with his head up like a carraige horse. I've riden him with draw reins and it helped, barely. Once we lope around for a bit he relaxes, but he still keeps his head way up. He can get really rounded at the walk and trot, but the lope is different story.
Could it be because he is out of shape? He doesn't have a lot of muscle built up in his hind end yet, but he is slowly learning to grow haha:)
What could I be doing wrong, or what can I do to help him?