Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
I don't think either is really at fault but rather the person instructing you - especially if this was your first time on this horse asking for a faster gait. You just need to learn the cues the horse was trained with.
In the future start with a light cue first and if they don't respond to that then increase the pressure. Some horses have been trained to respond to light cues and a hard squeeze ramps up their response. All of mine move to a trot with just a light squeeze. You give my mare a hard squeeze and you better hold on. Remember - horses can feel a fly land on them.
All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!