11-21-2011, 10:06 PM
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You need a horse soft and responsive to direct rein, indirect rein, and legs, with good bend and flex, and good lateral movement, very good whoa, soft, respectful...
Shake it up to keep your horse fresh. Patterning is good if you want to place high, but not excessively, but you may get second-guessing which you then have to correct.
If you've got the time and money to haul to a professional clinic, that may not be a bad idea. Or at least buy some videos--they'll actually help. There's far more info than can be typed out in a web forum.