I was getting a lesson today and when I was jogging the horse kept wanting to lope.
My instructor was like don't squeeze with your legs at all once he's jogging, only when he breaks gait. But the thing was I wasn't squeezing with my legs at all. I have quite good balance at the jog and can sit out even the bounciest jogs.
She also said, hands forward, keep em still and keep the rein pressure even. So I re-adjusted my reins and rode one handed as if he as a senior horse. He still kept trying to lope.
She also said relax and not to sit so far back on my tailbone. I did, I sat as if I was in a show. But he wanted to lope still.
I'm not sure what was going on with him (or me), I did everything my instructor told me to repeatly. I know my legs were still. I didn't have spurs on, so nothing was jabbing him. My hand was forward and elastic to his head movements. And my other arm was by my side. It wasn't swinging around and urging him to go.
Do you think he just wanted to go fast? Or maybe he was just being lazy and thought loping was easier? IDK, I'm confused, but I'm going to ride him tomorrow and see what happens.
Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.