Originally Posted by SlideStop
Don't throw away your contact. Really think about holding him and "bottling" the energy so he will switch gears instead on letting him blow his energy out at the canter. The hold thing is pretty hard to explain, I'll try my best. Lol. Essentially its the in between of having your reins looped and pulling. Think about if someone holds your hand. If your walking shoulder to shoulder your arms are going to be kind of floppy. Take a step out, now there is some tension but neither of you are pulling on each other. Another step and its going to feel more like pulling. Holding is more like that natural in between when your holding hands. Best I got for you.... Lol!
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Oh okay... so in other words having contact not yanking them backwards. Makes sense :)
I know about the contact... haha I just get so overwhelmed that I automatically chicken wing and throw my hands forward. I think it's from riding greener horses....... cause I did not do that with my own horse when we cantered.
I appreciate all your help :) Will update next week, and HOPEFULLY have vids/pics.