In a nutshell, Chemaine showed me how to get control of his haunches and outside shoulder. I knew those were the problem areas. That's why we couldn't pick up a canter, especially the left lead. That was also why he was blasting through the outside shoulder and avoiding any contact or even going forward.
The video KG took will show you better than I can tell you, but it is a bit long at five minutes. The audio is excellent though and you'll feel like you got a lesson yourself. If you don't have time to watch it, here's a quick breakdown.
To get control of his outside haunches and shoulder:
- Open my outside rein.
- Pull it back towards my hip.
- Outside leg back to push haunches in.
This "maneuver" puts him in a counter bend while keeping his haunches behind his face. The instant his haunches start to drift, he leaves the conversation, and nothing good happens. See for yourself how to put it all together.
As he gets stronger and understands what is being asked of him, we'll be able to refine the canter aide so that it's not done from the counter bend.
I have one more video of working to the right, but I'll share that tomorrow.