Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
My guy used to speed up when you touched him with a leg at all- that's how he had been trained, what little of it he had had. Leg touching in any way, shape or form meant GO FASTER, and that was all he knew. In my horse's case, he wasn't being naughty, just trying to do what he thought he was supposed to. Does your horse know how to yield off pressure (turn on fore, hind, etc) normally? I had to teach my guy all those skills and teach him that legs can mean more than GO.
My friend's horse tucks the nose like that (tucks and then takes off/ignores her completely)- she's been retraining him in a bosal and it's helped a lot. Not sure it that is an option for you. For her it was something 'different' enough that she was basically re-starting him and teaching him cues from the ground up, including all the pre-cues and seat communication for the stop. Seems to be helping even in a bridle now.