Originally Posted by cheethamz17
whenever I tighten my reins when I go into trot or if I do it at all my tb seems to start trotting before I ask as if tightening my reins is my cue for trot on is there any way to train him out of it or not? Any help is appreciated thanks
im not entirely sure but I will answer what I would do.
Try half halting when this happens. My mare gets like that once she has been for a run and gets excited. I give her a half halt and put my weight back in the saddle. This seems to calm her.
I know its not much help and there are people here that could probably give you more help than that. Fortunately, this is all I need to do to get her to come back a bit and wait for the aid or in most cases, a voice command.
Another thing that may or may not help...i had an ottb a few years ago who did the same thing and wouldnt respond to the half halt. While I taught him to get out of the habit, I kept my reins at a consistent length all the time. This way, he had to wait for the aid rather than take the tightening of the reins as a signal to go. Eventually he learnt that he couldnt trot until I asked him to. I don't know if this will be considered a good way to do it but he did learn without any harsh methods being applied. Good luck with him :)
P.s. Are you leaning forward in any way when doing it? Some ex-racehorses are sensitive to things like that. Maybe leaning your weight back as you tighten may help. I don't know, just a thought :)