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    I have a horse that I haven't been riding much because I've been desperately trying to sell him, he's nice but I bought a new horse and I don't have time for all of them. I decided that I should take him to a local show so that I can say he's been to a show and also talk to some horse people about it.

    I got on after not riding him for months and was shocked on well he did. We used to have way to quick gaits with wild extended trots that broke into a gallop, especially when he hasn't been riden. When I used to ride him everyday we didn't have this issue. But regardless he gaits we're fantastic, we had a wonderful trot and canter with very loose contact. However there were a few issues

    first we are missing a very key factor in his training. He responds poorly to steering with the bit. I'm working on using more leg but he's pretty sensitive so I'm trying to not over do it quite yet. But anyway steering is bit tricky because he try's to brace against the bit. This is going to go hand in hand with my next paragraph.

    The next thing is he goes around turns like a motorcycle, very unbalanced. He's falling to the instead really bad. I haven't done much other than stepped to the outside and use a little inside leg so far because my first ride I didn't want to overwhlem him. I have a few exercises in mind, such as the spiral in spiral out but I need some ideas with this, it'll go into a lot of dressage basics of balance and collection which is a long journey

    the last thing is transitions especially to the canter. Our downward transitions are so far flawless but upward is rushed and messy. This may fix itself with careful repetition but what are some thoughts?

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    My thoughts are you have a green horse that has lost fitness and balance under saddle, and indeed likely never had developed great balance. . He sounds like an OTTB that was partly restarted but never really finished, but of course any breed of horse can move like that.

    If you had the time and inclination you could reschool him starting from scratch. Otherwise sell him as a project.


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      Green, lack of strength, eager to please and trying too hard to do what you want. . . He just needs miles and a sensitive rider. It's not really fair to sell him until you've got him legged up a bit. Send him off to a trainer. I suspect two or three months training board would be a good investment into making sure this horse finds a soft landing.