Originally Posted by SammysMom
I try this, but I'm finding it really hard! I'm focusing on slowing my post, but I can't seem to really slow it down. I feel like I'm just sitting harder, not more slowly, when I try, and I obviously don't want to do that.
On the contrary, you do want to sit harder. I mean, the whole idea of slowing your posting is that your horse will feel that he is out of sync with you becuae you'll be bumping down pretty hard becuase you are going down while he is coming up. If you ignore the way this feels bad, bad, bad, and stick with it, he will slow down to match you. Especially if you pair this with calm, persistant vision of the speed you want to go, paired with the counting and BREATHE out and thinks, slow, slow, slow. Ignore his attempts to avoid your rythm and just keep encouraging him to come and meet you where you ARE. When he does meet you at that rythm, go with him a few steps and then let him have a longer rein and reward let him come to a walk and walk on a loose rein. Pet him and let him know how nice that all was.