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    09-08-2012, 12:26 PM
Unhappy HELP, can't slow down my mare

I have a hunter/jumper large pony in training who simply will not relax and slow down. At the walk, she is constantly trying to trot, even at the end of a long workout. When trotting, she picks up speed every chance she gets and will occasionally try and pick up the canter on her own (I have the picking up the canter problem almost under control now). At the canter she is the most relaxed, although is still just a bit too fast for my liking.

I can keep her at the pace I want but only with constant playing in her mouth with the bit (snaffle). Half halts and see-sawing work great, but only temporarily. As soon as I stop she immediately begins to pick up speed.

I know working transitions is probably our best bet right now, but is there anything else at all that I can do? It is beyond frustrating having a large pony that won't walk!
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    09-08-2012, 12:37 PM
Ack please don't see-saw. Sure, it works - because it's painful for the horse.
Will respond later with ideas once I have a full keyboard.
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    09-08-2012, 12:40 PM
Green Broke
Well.. I had the same problem with my barrel gelding..(in training) and I was told to do circles.. IT WORKED.. like everytime she tries to speed up do circles:) Im sure someone else can explain it better:)
    09-08-2012, 12:48 PM
No see-sawing, got it.

And I've tried circles and they didn't seem to do a whole lot of good, as soon as we would straighten out, she picked up speed.. but I very willing to try them again, I'm getting desperate.

Thanks guys!
    09-08-2012, 12:50 PM
Green Broke
The first couple rides that I did with my gelding.. were JUST circles.. AS soon as she picks up speed.. just do circles.. UNTIL she is slowed.. then let her walk.. if not go back to doing circles.. hope this helps
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    09-08-2012, 12:56 PM
I will definitely try it, thanks again!
    09-08-2012, 12:57 PM
Are they tight cirlces, large circles..?
    09-08-2012, 01:28 PM
Originally Posted by Karmasmygirl    
Are they tight cirlces, large circles..?
Both. Work her on a larger circle, when she speeds up tighten the circle, when she relaxes make it bigger. And add in lots of transitions between gaits.
    09-08-2012, 01:58 PM
Unfortunately you have the same problem as me I have also tried everything and the best thing for us was just a stronger bit, maybe see if someone has one you could just try out just to see if changing the bit would help!
    09-08-2012, 02:45 PM

Circles work for some horses, but not all. Here's what you can do.

When she starts to trot, you MUST catch her within 2 strides, turn her into a smaller circle. You don't want to be pivoting her, but you don't want a circle as big as a lunge line either. Something about 5ft will work. Trot this circle as fast as she comfortably can until she settles down and starts looking for a walk cue. Then go back to wherever you were walking. If she starts to Trot again, immediately go back to the trotting circle. You don't want the circle big enough for her to stretch out and be comfortable, but not so small that she is slipping trying to do it and risk hurting herself. You just don't want it to be easy on her. Does this make sense? Repeat this until she decides that walking is easier than trotting.

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