Okay, so, as soon as Red is home with me and I can work him a lot more than I can now, he's going to get a job. Don't worry, I'm not kicking him out of the house to go find some friends and be a normal teenaged boy-horse. ;) His job? Well, it's mostly to just work. Lunging 5 or so days a week for 25 minutes+ and riding at least 2-3 times a week. I don't care about getting a super fancy horse because he may never be as fancy as the dressaging Thoroughbred's or fat halter Quarter Horse's, but I would like for him to learn how to collect a bit more, improve that trot/canter of his if at all possible, and just get him to be lighter on his feet. He's a big horse, so I'm not expecting a huge change, and I don't really want one because he's great just as he is. I did figure something out, though. He is far, far better than his rider, and it's up to me to get him to use himself quietly. Know what that means? I need to be a quieter rider. Even if that means getting someone to lunge him while I ride so I don't have to fuss with reins and etc. I've noticed a difference in his trot since I've begun sitting it better, I can handle his trot now...I just can't handle his lope.
I love, love, love loping and I can't really do it yet because I flail everywhere and what horse would want to be quiet and soft and collect while his rider is thrashing around?
So, I'm asking for tips! Do any of y'all have tips on riding quieter, or even improving a rough gait?