Just wondering if anyone can offer some tips that would help with controlling my horse while out riding.
I go trail riding every week or so with a friend and since his horse has quite a fast walk he usually leads. My boy tends to plod but once he gets 5 or so metres behind he always breaks into a trot to catch up - without my asking. If I try applying pressure to bring him back to a walk he pretty much ignores me until we have caught up and I find it quite annoying. He also doesnt pay much attention to where he is putting his feet when doing this and tends to trip a lot, I think he is more focused on catching up! I don't like pulling on his mouth but he ignores half halts, a couple of times I have made him circle and then go forward which tends to annoy him being held back - he will pop up on his back legs but doesnt get very far off the ground. Its hard because the other horse ambles but my horse only does walk or trot. He also breaks into a trot whenever the guy whistles at his horse which he does quite often to make her walk faster and that irritates me to no end
Any thoughts or ways that I can get him walking faster without trotting or to just pay attention to what I'm asking instead of how far behind he is?
He's one of those horses that plods along until he realises we have started heading home and then his plodding turns into a nice extended walk.