My last horse was tough old mare who could get up and go like she was a young rascal, but fought like the old hag she was. Because of this, I'm used to using a bit of a firm hand and all rein because that's what it took to ride her.
My possible future horse is incredibly different from what I'm used to. Besides my old girl, I often was put on horses who hadn't been touched, were nervous, or just bully headed. This little sweet girl who wasn't touched in almost a year was ridden by me yesterday and she was amazing for a green broke horse. For the first bit, all I had to do was put a little leg pressure on her and she'd turn or go. The area that I messed up most was cantering. Not only am I a few months out of practice, but I'm a bit afraid I might teach her a bad habit.
Fancy Pants has had only good experiences under saddle, so that wonderful news to me. However, I was hoping I could get help on how to teach myself to be extra light in the rein and to have more leg control when cantering/loping. Fancy Pants is a really, really soft mouth horse - I'd like to keep it that way by retraining my own habits.