Today it was EXTREMELY hot out (I think it was 99*F) so I decided to go for a quick bareback ride just to give Jerry some exercise. Well, I never realized until today while I was riding how much your seat affects the way the horse moves. I mean, I hardly had to use my reins in the beginning, and by the end of the ride, I was able to trot down a straight line, through corners, come back down to a walk, and halt with no reins. Now, obviously he won't be as responsive with a saddle, because there IS a big chunk of leather in between him and I, but I just thought I should post it here that if your horse isn't turning or halting when you ask, try not to be so reliant on your reins. Remember, they can feel every shift of your weight, even through the saddle.
(I thought I should add that Jerry is not one to turn/stop when you ask... He has a different plan. So this was an accomplishment.)