I'm kind of confused :S So Eliz is saying that they basically ride the sh*t out of the horses until they learn to be lazy.. Or 'conserve energy' and just choose to go slow? So let them so around fast paced until they learn it's easier to go slow?
And then others are saying that you just yank on their mouths and jab their sides to get them to slow down. Wouldn't that just make for hard mouthed, cranky horses with tough sides? I think that would totally desensitize a horse would it not?
Sorry. I'm not trying to be arrogant or anything. I truly don't understand this :S
And are there any humane ways that you can suggest to train for the slower gaits? My horses are all speed demons and I hate to be after them all the time. I'm not a yank-er on their mouths but correction seems to be too often to even enjoy the ride :\