I do alot of walk-trot/trot-walk transitions, using my seat more than my hands. We circle, circle, circle and do simple changes at the canter to give her someithng to think about other than pushing against me. I ride English, Hunt Seat. She is in a D-ring snaffle. I try very hard not to put pressure on her mouth but she makes it very difficult. She is starting to listen to my seat & legs more. I think a lot of it is I just don't ride her enough. I have another horse and teach riding at my barn. I think if I just get her butt out more, she will be OK.
Thanks everybody for the advise & tips. Great help.
PS. I do lunge her alot
Sounds like you're on the right track; it just takes time and hours in the saddle
Also, my horse is actually faster on circles. And to try to slow him with small circles only ever made him better at small circles, lol.
It's been almost 8 months of dressage work (off and on though), but he had an extra-hot day today, and I noticed a couple of times he started to trot while walking on a loose rein and actually checked himself
I like those days because after we get working, his ability and willingness to leg yield/collect/extend is amazing!
Still, we do have days where all we do is try to walk around the arena while he breaks into the trot or canter.
I'm not actually sure that'll ever completely go away, lol.