On Friday we were working on canter to walk and walk to canter transitions. I found it quite difficult because at the beginning with canter to walk because there was a difficult, bouncy trot in-between but I got more assertive and on my last go I managed to do it without any trot I think. What I really struggled with was canter to walk though, I couldnít get to walk without a lot of trotting. I did what my instructor was saying (sit back and tall, heels down and pull on reins), but I couldnít get the horse I was riding to slow down at all without pulling hard at the reins, and even that took a while. My instructor demonstrated what she meant on the horse I was riding, and I think she was see sawing the reins and being quite harsh, but after a few goes the horse was much more responsive and was back to walk from canter almost immediately. Then I had another go and messed it up again with loads of trot in-between the transition. Do I just need to be more powerful with my aids to start with? I just really worry about the horseís mouth, and after when we are in walk he kept throwing his head in the air and I worry that Iíve hurt him.