Originally Posted by ladybugsgirl
My new horse is extremely heavy on my hands. He's like steering a brick wall. How do I lighten him up. I also find he travels on his fore. I try transitions to get him on the hind but don't feel a difference. Any and all helpful tips are greatly appriciated as im doing research as well.
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Here is a great article on lateral & vertical flexion. It helps get your horse mentally and physically prepared to respond to your soft cues. Preparation of the Horse
I used similar methods when I got my Thoroughbred Maddie with a very hard mouth. She would practically run through the arena fence when you put pressure on her mouth. She has the softest mouth around now (and I the softest hands.) :)
Here is another great reminder about rein management. It's a great article for any newbies too! :) Reins Management
Taren Atkinson (Hoffo) of Copper Meadows Eventing in Ramona, CA has always told me and my girls to "never go faster than you can accurately steer."
She helps us to focus on steering with our legs mostly and never going at an obstacle or fence faster than we can ensure the horse will take it straight. It's hard to slow down and take an obstacle at a trot or to have to walk and then then trot because pride tells us we can take it at a canter. What we have learned though is that we always want to ensure our horse's success and therefore reinforce that proper training and positive, successful completion of each question that is asked of our horses. We have had great results following her advice and taking baby steps.