Hello JMR, just want to thank Karen for her advice on getting Jake off the forehand. I practiced a lot of transitions like you said and he really seemed to improve, and I took him out to a competition on the weekend where I won my dressage class of nearly 30 riders, by 8 points. Anyway, my EQ isn’t perfect in any of these photos (the camera always seems to click at the wrong moments!) and I know that in my salute photo I’m not central (I have minor scoliosis making my legs sit slightly unevenly, I’m working on finding a long term solution to this). But I just want to say thankyou for the advice, the first photos I posted were of his first dressage test just over 5 weeks ago and he’s gone from that point to winning by a long way. He was perfectly behaved, even with a million horses in the warm up ring, and in his combined training class he was fourth (beaten by my little sister by one point lol), but jumped a clear round and I was happy with that. He got rebroken last october, and had been sitting in a paddock being feral after finishing racing in 2010 and was completely unworked since then. Thanks again for the advice, it has really helped!
p.s., I’m having some trouble with teaching him the concept of lengthening his trot strides for a medium trot, my other young horse that I taught seemed to pick it up straight away but Jake thinks he has to run faster rather than bigger, is there an exercise that could help with this? Thanks