Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
English or Western? Western tends to use slack unless giving a specific cue. And once the cue is acknowledged, you go back to slack. It also usually has a horn, and it is far easier to regain one's balance with a horn than with reins - thus automatically giving the rider reason to NOT balance with the reins. If the horse knows neck reining - and if not it is easy to teach - then one hand on the reins also discourages trying to balance with them. You can also then ride two point with one hand on the reins and one on the horn (making a temporary third point), learning how to adjust your balance to the horse's while also secure - and without being tempted to use the reins. If there are people willing to trail ride with her AT A WALK, then trails can teach balance fast - AND teach giving your horse a vote. And the importance of staying away of what your horse is thinking. All this from a backyard rider of backyard horses, who doesn't teach anyone and who would not be asked to teach, let alone PAID to teach.
Riders ask "How?" Horsemen ask "Why?"