Originally Posted by Delta Dawn is my girl View Post
Thanks for your replies everyone! I will look into letting her zig zag down the hill more than going straight. I'm pretty sure the saddle fits her well (stock saddle) I would like to give her more rein to do it, but she tries to trot off, so I hae to hold her back all the time when going down it. Can I give her more rein or do you think she would take advantage?
if she tries to trot, stop her, back her up a step, then offer her to walk on a relatively loose rein.
when I go downhill, I don't give the horse a drooping loose rein. I have the rein in a position where if I feel the hrose is allowing himself to fall forward on his front too much, I "encourage" him to rock back a bit and rebalance, almost like a half-halt. however, I ride with a very much following hand, so that IF he needs to lower his head, or raise it, suddenly to keep his balance, I do not bop him in the mouth.
He can find his own balance going down the hill, but he must be carrying us both , not just falling forward. if he can stop partway down the hill, this is a test of his balance. I would not, however, do this on a really steep hill. in such a case I would start him down the hill balanced, give him all the rein he needs and allow him to move as is necessary to get down and stay out of his way.