I can canter him with a slack rein, neck reining, and he does fine.
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Maybe start working on those transitions and getting him to really consistently go exactly the speed you ride him. I might think of doing 90% of the work at the walk and trot - particularly in that fast walk to slow trot to fast trot and back down again until it's -real- smooth. Really, you're working for the perfection of those things. Then when you lope your horse, everything you want is already mostly there! Also, your horse can last a lot longer at the walk and trot. With loping/cantering, 10-15 mins tops and he's done whether he learned anything or not!
Last edited by Ian McDonald; 10-06-2013 at 08:25 PM.
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