What I do is test my horse. If he's forward and "together" then I put my leg on so he goes faster. If he stays together then I bring him down and ask for the next gait up (or down) if he throws it away, I continue at that pace until he gets put together again and then slow down, and ask.
It could be a number of things. Maybe you tense up when you ask for a transition (too strong of a half halt from your hand instead of seat and hand?) or he could be hanging on your hands. Video would help
And you ARE continuing to ride as you transition, right? Cause as soon as you stop riding, your horse has no reason to be engaged.
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Last edited by Skyseternalangel; 05-11-2012 at 12:29 AM.