Originally Posted by Endiku
LOL, that would have been so helpful back when we were learning that it was ok to be in front of me... we did a LOT of giving to pressure before she finally realized what I was trying to do. Thankfully she's way past that stage now and doesn't evade contact or spin. I actually found her to be more willing to accept contact with the reins in the tugs though today, which was great. It seems like she warmed up faster too. We did just about 5 minutes of ground driving today, mostly lunging and working on s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g into the walk on the lunge and keeping cadence at the trot. I think she did well once she realized what I was asking her. Thank you so much guys, for all of your explanations and help. As much as I'd love to have a trainer right now, my trainer moved away and all of the trainers I've interviewed/gone to watch while looking for a new one have been worthless IMO. One lady that I went to watch was even working a three year old miniature in blinders, a pelham bit, side reins on the tightest hole, and an overcheck in a round pen at a speedy trot and canter. This miniature was for 'show' so I have no idea why she was overchecked >.> and she wasn't even the worst trainer I talked to! So right now...I'm better off doing things myself and asking questions. I'd really rather not have my horse be ruined.
Lots of warm up. I do not do any trotting until I have done 15-20 minutes of walking. When you asked about the reins not being in the terrets. They need to learn long and low 1st and the reins being lower encourage that.
Then down and round.
Then forward and up and on.
I just read that today and liked it.