getting horse to carry herself for the lope on lose rein
So this winter I am really working on my western with April. We have been doing english pretty heavy the last couple of years and have done some wp but I want to be better. The problem that I am running into is April gets almost insecure when I ride one handed and drop the rein when she gets into the lope. If I have some pressure on the reins she will drop the head and go a nice stride but once I give her rein she loses it-
To get her to slow down we have done many circles, stop/backs, and the stops/turns- it has worked out but now I want her to not have to rely on me to carry her. Also when I only ride one handed she pops her head more and when I ask her to put it down she is much less responsive then when I ride with the pressure of two hands. I know she can do it- she has given me some nice strides (which is followed by me giving her much praise) but I just need consistancy.
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