[quote="~*~anebel~*~"] What exactly does riding on a loose rein achieve, except showing a horse's realxation at the walk? Riding on a loose rein in a trot just teaches the horse that contact is not important and does not actually need to be established at all times. Even in a "stretchy circle" a horse should have contact with the bit and be reaching over his back into the contact.
Sorry, that's my biggest pet peeve :) /quote]
I have to disagree, about the whole contact thing. I think it's good to ride with a loose rein. I would explain why but this guy does it better :P , I think you might find this quite interesting. http://www.horseproblems.com.au/hors...ndex_page2.htm
(The article is called "Help... I can't let the reins go!" the direct link wouldn't work for some reason)
And he's got a lot of other similar articles on his website, check it out!