05-26-2012, 08:16 PM
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**Just for clarification, I don't ride western, have very limited experience**
But I'm thinking if the horse can canter, it's going to be similar as rating the speed (in your case, working on slowing down but still being connected and working off the hind) at the trot.
The best thing you can do is find a western coach who has experience training pleasure horses.
But how I taught my warmblood to jog, which may or may not be helpful, is I would post the trot and I'd start posting slower and slower and my seat would get heavier and heavier.. until he got down to the speed I wanted, then I just kept him moving with my seat, encouraging those hind legs to still work and in time he developed the strength to change speeds of his 2nd gait.
But with a trainer you'll teach them the right way, without too many problems