Spur training. Id like your help.
Please help me out if you can. About 10 months ago, i got a 15 year old aqha gelding who was contest trained. Im trying to train him for western classes. I was told that i need to round his back so i roll my heels under him. Well of course, being a contest horse, any leg pressure means GO! Well, hes still having a lot of trouble staying collected, under control, and slow for the lope. When i ask him to stay more collected in the jog i usually will ask him to extend and slow down at different times. When i want him to collect at the slow jog ill take hold of his face and sometimes see-saw the reins and squeeze with my legs and he collects himself better. I dont really want to train him to spur stop, but slow down when i add leg... is this possible with him. He stops with the word whoa. Usually he will slow in transitions with the word "easy" but i want a better clue for him to read. Please help so i can start training him. I can't ride just yet because i fell off him yesterday and hurt my hip and forearm pretty bad, but id like to know what to do so i can go at as soon as possible.
Thanks so much.
If you have any questions that you need answered in order to give a helpful answer.... please ask!!!