Originally Posted by smrobs
Another little suggestion...she can't lean if you don't give her something to lean against. Try riding her on loose reins and only pick up the reins when you are asking her to do something, then release the instant she responds.
Great minds think alike! That is exactly what I was thinking.
I know with a horse that has a lot of "go" it can really give your hands a workout, but I always try to give them a slack rein, even if I have to keep taking it back to check their speed. But over time it gets better.