Yes, it's definitely on our list of things to do, to get him more comfortable not needing his head held all the time, particularly at the canter. He's still quite green at the canter, but making really nice progress IMO. My instructor thinks he needs to get a little more confidence and then we will start weaning him off it.
We walk, trot, and canter out there.
I don't feel like I'm micro-managing him, but I ride with full contact because (1) he seems to prefer it and (2) I ride English, and that's how I've been taught. I do give him some breaks with a loose rein, whether we're in the arena or in the pasture.
I guess I could watch some cross country videos and see what the riders there do...
"Saddle fit -- it's a no brainer!"" - random person
Last edited by ACinATX; 07-07-2020 at 07:07 PM.