I just got a new horse and am trying to be proactive in my riding so I can build clear communication with him. I'm sure I'm still new enough to riding that I sometimes give conflicting aids or that my timing of aids or release will be off. One aspect I've been thinking of recently is the need to start with a subtle and light cue but then escalate that cue and add more pressure quickly and firmly. I can see how graceful and fluid my trainer is at this, even when doing lounge work, she can fluidly ramp up the use of the whip in a timely manner. I'm sure practice and experience make a difference. Any ideas on how to work on this coordination or being aware if I'm giving conflicting aids? Working on transitions comes to mind. I tend to use verbal cues for transitions and slowing down more to help me think consciously of what I'm doing. Anything else?