If I released his reins anymore than that, I think I would freak out about him balling off. However, I don't think he would, but I just can't let the reins TOO lose. I know they look tight, put I never pulled on them while we cantered, maybe if he tossed his head. It's not my bridle, so I can't speak for it, I just borrowed it. I am looking at head stalls on ebay, what kind of bits would you suggest for him? (LOL basically, a specific bit anyone??)
What do you mine by spirals? And this pen is actually a pretty small circle, so you mean a tight circle in the middle of the pen?
Also, why does a horse want to go faster and faster with a lose rein, or not want to calm down and walk? Excitement?
Thanks dominoschica! He is definitely a brat sometimes, and I got save of the day award for that one! LOL I remember thinking, "OH s***, I'm about to go down" but next thing I knew, I was still clinging to him! I turned him straight around and told him to canter some more. He learns bad habits VERY, VERY, fast.