Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
I sometimes have the same issue- I try to grab mane or a grab strap if I find myself starting to pull on the reins other than to actually communicate something. If you have a round pen that your boy is used to working in, you might be able to 'lunge lesson' yourself for practice. At least for my boy, he understands that in the round pen, his job is continue on the rail at the gait and speed requested until told otherwise. Very useful! I just buckle the reins into a D loop on the pommel, cluck at him, and then practice what I need to.