We bought an old show gelding a year ago. He is great, but he has had problems in the past of getting very anxious after loping. He wasn't hot or ill tempered, but he would just become too sensitive to leg cues and want to lope.
A year later, we find that he is getting worse with his cue anxiety. Now he cannot relax at the walk. If your leg is just relaxed and hanging comfortably, he takes the calf contact as a trot cue.
Any tips on how to remedy this so we can get him to relax more at the walk and be more confident in when we are actually asking him to go? Rider would prefer to not ride in spurs. So, how can we get him used to calf contact from a relaxed seat without him thinking "trot now?"