[QUOTE=COWCHICK77;1528967]There are acouple of things you can do, first of all remember to "open the door" to the new disired direction. Make sure you are not stiffening your body and sending cues unintended, stay soft and your body energy low, be very intentional about your cues, yet soft. ( I know that seems contradictive)
If he picks up his speed, do not take your leg off, bring him back to the desired gait and only release when you get the correct response. Most peoples reactions are to quit cueing to keep the horse from speeding off when actually it is rewarding him for speeding up. Only release when he is bending in the correct direction, soft and in the correct gait.[/QUOTE
This is so true. The thing is to remember what you are asking for, and don't reward the horse with a release, don't cease asking for the thing, until you get at least a tiny bit of that.
So, if you are asking the horse to step over sideways, you put , say , the left leg on, take your right leg lightly off to open the door, move your right rein rightward a wee bit and take up a bit of a feel on the left rein to ask the hrose to flex a tad to the left. If he moves forward, bring him in with the inside (left) rein, and KEEP ASKING with the inside leg. When you feel him take ONE lateral step, stop asking, drop the reins and give him a pet and praise. work on one side exclusively until he gets so good that only putting on the inside leg, with hardly any change in reins and a very slight openning of the outside leg will get a step over. Remember that he may need to steop one forward before stepping one sideways, to get his feet lined up in the correct position for lateral stepping. get the left side good before you work on the other side.
and don't wear him out with endless lateral schooling. at times, let him go forward and let him have a nice canter on a loose rein so he can shake off any tension.