If so, then how is he all strung out?
I don't keep him at it, he just does it. Whenever I asked for a trot he would just go into his slow trot...but if I want a faster one I'd ask and he'd go into it.
I'm not using my hands at all for balance...if I do start to loose my balance, I grab on to the handle that's on the bareback pad with my hand that is holding the excess splitreins
I know I'm not bouncing at the trot when he goes into his slow trot (again without me asking) so what wouldn't be feeling right to him? Any ideas?