I'm working with our 7y/o Rocky, on the grand scale of problems my problem is pretty small but I want to ask for advice. The problem is he continues to try to pick up his pace and transition into a gait. I want him to maintain a walk until I tell him otherwise but once I ask him to gait, then slow him to a walk he try to speed back up. I use a shift in body wait, a verbal command "easy" and if that don't work a little bit pressure. I hate to stay in his mouth but sometimes I need to. He's not trying to run off or anything close to that, he's just speeds up on his own. My commands are clear, I believe that he understands what I'm asking he's just ignoring me and that ain't going to cut it.
When the basic commands don't work, he get's some bit pressure (pressure and release) when he repeatedly tries to pick up the pace he doesn't get much release. Sometimes I'll just stop him, one and two rein stop, or change directions. I normally use a smooth snaffle bit, today I used a harsher bit so he would feel more release when he did good, the result was not that great, but this was really his first exposure to this bit.
My other Rocky completely understands the drill, all I need to do with him is just say "easy", he breaks his stride and starts to walk. The other bubba and got me scratching my head.
Any ideas are welcome.