It sounds like the Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue Fundraiser was a huge success! I travelled up to their farm to teach silent auction lesson winner, Blair, aboard Treadway. We focused on using your seat to slow the horse, which allows you to relax your reins. The two really picked up the lesson quickly and were trotting and cantering around like they could go around forever -- Treadway was relaxed and round, ready to stay in the gait Blair wanted. She was able to keep her hands soft and body balanced like she had been doing dressage work for months!