Walking Faster
There are different types of walks, but for now you should simply practice walking faster, which
riders sometimes refer to as adding
impulsion to the walk.  To do this, use the same basic aids for
the walk but apply them with more insistence.
Start you horse walking as you did before, and let her know you want her to go faster by squeezing
with the left leg, then the right, the left, the right, and so forth.  Use your back more dramatically.  
The farther back your legs are, the more aggressive the signal to the horse.

This is great, isn't it?  Is the wind blowing your hair and flapping your cheeks?  Well, maybe you're
not going quite fast enough, but you're moving right along.  Next, why not try a turn?
Sprite is a small, stocky, sturdy, cute horse.  If she were any shorter, she'd be a pony.  In the winter,
her coat gets very long and she looks like a woolly mammoth.  She's sassy in the field, and you can
tell she was hot stuff in her younger years.  Now that she's getting a little older, she has to watch
what she eats.

Sprite's also the motherly type.  She babysits horses that don't like to stay alone in the barn or
pasture.  She stands nice and still when a new student mounts, although she might move if you jab
her with a knee or toe.  A terrific trail horse, Sprite proudly leads where other horses fear to
venture.  Being calm and trustworthy makes her a good confidence builder for the beginning rider.
Aids to Add Impulsion to the Walk
  1. Squeeze with alternate legs - pulse with one leg, then the other, as
    much as you need to achieve the desired speed.
  2. Follow the horse with your seat and back a bit more intensely.  This
    encourages the horse to lengthen her stride.

You should already have given with your hands when you first asked
Sprite to walk, but your reins shouldn't become too slack.
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