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        02-14-2013, 06:32 PM
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    Great advice here! I can imagine how I'd ride a horse in the way Cowboy is talking about; letting him kind of head out where he wants, and hold his head how he wants, but just focussing on HOW he goes. Is it relaxed and swinging, like you felt the other day. This takes some trust from the rider. You have to be able to cruise around on the horse not worried about every little change of speed or direction. Speed , well, yo uwant roughly the same , loose gait. But direction, you kind of let you horse choose that. So,you have to be able to become a passenger, again. After working so hard on becoming the "driver", you ease off for a bit and be the passenger. But not solely passive. You just step in as a reminder if the hrose starts to speed up. You pick up a rein and aske to slow down, then practically drop the rein and resume cruising. In an enclosed space it is really fun!
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        02-14-2013, 06:54 PM
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    "After working so hard on becoming the "driver", you ease off for a bit and be the passenger. But not solely passive."

    Tiny you got it but you are still the "driver" you are driving at one thing everything else is on a back burner for now you are "driving" at relax everything you can do to help him relax. This includes how you set you could let your feet hang loss.

    You are right I would do this in an arena not the best trail ride idea. But it can be done there too.
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