Downhill horse heavy on the forehand
I have owned Diesel about 6 months. He is a 10 year old grade paint 15”1 gelding. He was a rescue orphan foal. After getting healthy and old enough to train he was briefly ridden dressage. Unfortunate he developed a bad habit of bucking off his owner and sat for over a year when I got him.
I slowly got him into shape, and got his teethe done, as he had wolf teethe and some retained baby teethe. His mouth has fully healed now since that was 3 months ago.
I did work for a dressage trainer for about 5 years but not currently. I didn’t think Diesel looked like he was happy with dressage and I decided to try western riding or at least western tack. I will be using him for mostly trail riding as that is where we are happiest. He is doing well except for the following:
He is built downhill and very heavy on the forehand. I have tried lunging and groundwork working on collection or at least trying to engage the hind end some. I have tried a Pesseo system on him but he just inverted his back and U’d his neck, which is worse. I try to ride from my seat to bring his hind end up and under, but he won’t do it. He gets stiff and pins his ears. When he doesn’t pay attention he trips. He has ADD and acts more like a 4 year old than a 10 year old. I am riding him in a Myler D ring. His saddle does fit from what I can tell. I have also had two other trainers tell me it does. I cannot find a western saddle fitter out here. I have tried. I did go through many saddles before I found this one.
On the trail he does well. We do allot of hills and climb some mountains. He occasionally has a big spook but recovers well.
I have worked on trying to get him off the forehand but just cannot do it. I have had suggestions from people to use side reins, tie downs, martingale, but I don’t think that will help since the pesseo just made him worse.
Any help would be great.