How can I train my horse to trot in hand?
I am going to ask my trainer this on Sunday, but until then I'll troublehoot here! Frida is almost spot on with all of her groundwork exercises, and we've been really improving with the lounge-work as well. Try as I might, I cannot get her to trot in hand. What I have been doing is making sure I don't restrict her head by giving her slack on the rope, I've been staying at the proper position and not too far in front of her, and I've been looking forward as I ask. I don't start to jog until she does, and I carry a dressage whip and tap her sides while verbally asking for the trot. She begrudgingly will trot after much ask, but will begin to push her head into my arm, and has even tried to take a nip at me while she's doing this. She doesn't nip any other times. I'm just wondering, what am I doing wrong, and how can I present this request in a clear, understandable way for her? I hate those awkward moments when she is trying so hard to figure out what I want.