Originally Posted by Allison Finch
Quit sending your horse that old message that gathering up the reins is just prior to going faster. Be disciplined in your approach to this transition and school it constantly.
yes. This is so common. We gather up the contact, and then put the leg on to go. Horse learns to go from gathering up contact.
The opposite also happens. People release the contact, after coming to a halt, and the horse thinks that he should now walk forward out of the halt, since the hand brake just got released. He should walk forward only from a leg or seat aid, not a loosening or tightening of the rein.