Originally Posted by Erfellie
I understand why you say to loosen up and relax my legs, but I use my thighs to stay on her back and even though Im not squeezing her really, I feel as if I were to loosen up anymore I would just bounce right off. I do try to relax, ease up, and take deep breaths but that seems to be when she speeds up, especially if I losen the rein. I don't pull on the reins constantly but I do hold them somewhat taught (not tight though) and when she does actually walk for me I will then loosen up the reins but then she speeds up as soon as I do that. Hmmm.
Well as I said we are improving lately, things have been going better. I really am enjoying all this information on the horse forum, it really has been a big help to me, thanks everyone :)
I am no expert for sure but I can tell you patience and consistency helped me a TON, as well as lots of encourgagement from others. My horse would trot up as soon as I loosened the rein but I just kept after what I wanted from him and used the suggestions of changing directions, and circling and one day he was just like "Ok", apparently the lightbulb went off. What relaxed me most was talking to him, I know it sounds cheesy but it totally worked (and still does). I started with lots of groundwork to get him out of my space and gain respect and once we got that established he also became a lot easier to handle. Just to add I finally acomplished the loose rein walk about a week ago and I have been seriously at for about a month or so.