Originally Posted by ponyjocky
Having trouble keeping my new mare relaxed from trot to walk transitions.
Braces at the poll and through the back.
First you MUST have a relaxed forward trot with the horse listening to you. If you do not have this no matter what method anyone tells you to follow it is doomed to fail.
Second I would not want the horse slowed down but assuming the above principle is in place then a half halt to slightly rebalanced the horse ( you are in fact slowing one hind leg (not the entire horse)to position it to be able to accept the new aids for the new gait).
Third give the new aid CONTINUOUSLY
until you get the desired gait.
The biggest fault most people have is they give new aids then stop expecting the horse to immediately comply. This happens only is the most sensitive, obedient and trained horses. Most in the early years of training need to apply the aids and have them remain applied until the change comes into effect.