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, he's 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 don't 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.
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