Bit of a problem lol Well, well, well! Lex, really, really pleased this thread has helped you a bit... there really has been some absolutely awesome advice/instruction given here! Where do we send the cheques? lol Kathera - I will be in touch! I have now moved and am over the moon with new place! We will have to try to arrange something together! smash, Corney & others... ummmm.... I have a bit of a problem! lol I have had my boy 2 & 1/2 years... and every ride has been exactly like riding a run-away camel! Dangerous and just miserable. Not kidding! It's been a dreadful battle!! I have ridden my boy twice at the new place now... putting into practice all the fabulous advice given here - and by phone! @) I think things have finally fallen into place and I now get it - and so does my boy! (pitcher, catcher, batter! lol ). After about 15 minutes, we have softness! We have a frame! We have lovely, swinging forward! Awesome!! Just awesome!! Can't express my thrilldomness enough! lol **) Trouble is... I have never ridden him (or any other horse!) that has been like this! No weight at all in the reins, swinging & forward, yet still soft and responsive! ... and I go into panic mode!! I ride him a further 3 or 4 minutes and call it a day... I'm terrified of spoiling it!! I'm serious! rofl Now that I am in a position to, it is time to get a new instructor out, find someone who can help me learn how to actually ride a horse (as opposed to a camel lol)... cos I really don't know how to ride this! hahaha... how embarrasment! lol It's just going to take some time for me to get used him moving like this, I guess... in the meantime, he is loving himself stupid and enjoying his transformation from a run-away camel, into a lovely horse!! Thank you!!!!!