I have a five year old reining trained gelding. He is very willing in his work, good attitude, however if he can be lazy or only do half the job.....he will
So I've been working a lot on gentle collection. I will warm up on a loose rein and he wil move along happily, swinging barrel and all. Then I will ask him to collect up by squeezing my legs and gently lifting my reins to block him and round him up.....ok no problem. When he works collected for a few strides I will gently release pressure. (he works in a correction bit). So I've never really had any 'issues' with him that would require much effort to fix.....I have realized what I thought was major, was really not!!!
But now I'm stumped.......today he spent most of the walking time on a loose rein, and he kept his head real low and neck and back stretched for the whole time....I realized he was 'stretching' but I wanted him to pick his head up a bit more (right? Silly I know, when most people want the head down!) I did pick him up with the reins, used my legs to push him forward, but as soon as he backed off the bit his head would go straight back down......what's this horse doing? Is he too lazy to carry his own head? Is he sore? (he worked fine) is he avoiding something? Is he responding to all the collection by rounding like that even at a relaxed walk?
Any ideas? Questions welcome if I forgot anything (which I most likely did!)
Saddle fit is fine....teeth are current and up to date!