My horse has a bad habit of lunging into a trot at times. He is getting much better with lots of work and time, but MY end of the transitions is just getting worse, which doesn't help him at all ... I catch myself bracing for him to lunge into a trot on a regular basis now- I lean forward and my back gets tight, which of course sets me off balance, and then him. When he 'accidentally' trots, we're both relaxed and it's smooth, but anticipation seems to kill that.
Anyone know of any good exercises for helping me practice staying relaxed and supple, especially while asking for transitions? I do have access to horses with already nicely pre-programmed transitions I can practice on too, but I eventually need to actually do things properly on my boy. I KNOW what I'm doing wrong, but just telling myself not to do it hasn't been very effective thus far. TIA!