This doesn't mean I am pulling on his face and kicking. I am using lateral movements to teach Corey to step under with his inside hind leg. To teach him the concept of moving off my leg in a sideways manner, I use a walking turn on the forehand - also called a Giravolte.
The exercise will show you which is your horse's stiff and easy side to bend. And it is useful any time a horse gets stuck in a lateral move, you can go back to this most basic response to a lateral leg cue.
So, I started with Giravolte and then went to leg yields. Then we trotted forward and Corey was stepping under much better. I will say that early in the session, I felt he was really stuck and finally I realized that he had gotten his tongue over the bit. So I had to release the contact, and reach forward and lift the bit up so he could put his tongue back Under the bit.
Today I started thinking about the competition - up until now I have tried not to feel rushed. But I want an impressive freestyle so today we jumped a full course of low jumps, worked on flying changes and then I rode him bareback. Sorry no photos - I left my cell phone inside, and I am not sure I could have gotten a selfie of that anyway.
But we walked, trotted and even cantered bareback and then I did a couple low jumps! We might try to do our whole freestyle bareback - and maybe he can work without a bridle? We have 6 weeks - we will have to see what is possible!