Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
The big thing is to get the horse to think of something else than running or slowing down, give it something to do that demands some effort and/or thought will usually slow them down.
Much like you did when you walked and turned etc without much rein contact :) The horse had to listen to the seat and try to figure that out, instead of feeling the bit in it's mouth and work itself up and start to stress :)
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.