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    09-16-2012, 12:02 AM
  #21
Foal
The circles work while I'm doing them, but as soon as I stop she just charges off again! If I have the smallest amount of pressure on the reins she pushes against it and resists. Stopping takes a long long time but maybe I just need to persevere more :)
     
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    09-16-2012, 12:07 AM
  #22
Started
As soon as she speeds up, bring her back into the circle. If you are super consistent, she will figure it out. Try it at the walk first.
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    09-16-2012, 12:09 AM
  #23
Foal
Thanks, I'll try :)
     
    09-16-2012, 07:58 AM
  #24
Weanling
Im curious if she is out of shape? Sometimes horses who don't have the mucles to go slow..speed up because its easier.

Also could she be running away from saddle pain? You said when you rode her bareback she was relaxed and slow....but when you had her tacked she wasnt. Just something to think about.

If she's not in pain and in good shape then I would suggest giving her something to do. Transitions, transitions and some more transitions. Circles and serpentines where she has to bend-go straight-reverse bend.

Good luck!
     
    09-16-2012, 11:01 AM
  #25
Foal
My mare was taking off out of the circles as well after a while. And when we did figure eights the turning seemed to excite her like she was a barrel horse or something, which she definitely never was. I would suggest doing nothing but walking for a few days, that's what we did. And I would check the saddle thing. The trainer I had come out told me my saddle was sitting on her shoulders too much, so every time she walked her shoulders would run into the saddle, so maybe she was just trying to get away from the uncomfortableness of it.

We have spent our last three days of riding at walk and she is really relaxed about it. Go back to basics and teach her how to stop at a walk. I wouldn't do anything sped up unless she has a real slow and comfortable jog, otherwise the speed will just excite her and she won't pay attention very well like my mare didn't :/
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    09-16-2012, 11:40 AM
  #26
Showing
How are her teeth and have you checked her gums? When she picks up speed, play her game and go along with it, don't try to slow her. But, when she wants to slow down, that's when you change the game. Keep her going. She will be puffing and you will feel her begin to lug under you. Keep her going. When you want her to slow, relax your body and at the same time let out a deep breath. I promise you she will slow. I'm wondering if you are guilty of holding your breath in anticipation of her picking up speed. If you do then you are telling her something is amiss and horses run from that. It's helped them survive for thousands of years. Before you try playing her game, try humming a dull boring tune. This will keep your breathing which helps relax her.
     
    09-16-2012, 03:25 PM
  #27
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
My lease horse loves to have me ride with my knuckles pressed on either side of his withers. He lowers his head and walks like a tired ol' cowpony.
I think it massages his shoulder muscles. Since horses's shoulders are not actually connected to the spine, but kind of "float" in a structure of muscles, then it must be nice to have them massaged. Also, I think horses have some kind of automatic inborn calming mechanism with being "grabbed" by the wither, don't they? Doesn't a stallion sometimes grab the mare there to quiet her when breeding? Or am I wrong on that?
Hm, the stallion doesn't seem to be "quieting"; but I don't know! I know mares rarely get bred unless they want it. But interesting that your lease horse likes the "massage." I hope the others try it.
     
    09-17-2012, 02:16 AM
  #28
Foal
She's fit and her teeth are fine, they've been done recently, and she does the same in a bitless bridle. Saddle or bareback she'll still go. And about playing her game and keeping her going and going, she just goes forever and ever and never seems to get tired! But I'll practice stopping at a walk again and again tomorrow :) thanks
     
    09-20-2012, 02:03 PM
  #29
Weanling
Most people make the mistake that when horse wants to go fast they work too much with the mouth and/or allow horse to go forward before they have gotten a nice relaxed gait (even if only 3 steps)!

When my mare starts "running" at the walk I start trying to fix it with a HH (press down on both stirrups). If no reaction we go to FULL halts. If I get correct reaction then I keep asking for long and low (and relaxed) walk before allowing her to trot. No relaxation no trot (or canter). You might end up walking and halting the entire ride - but let it drive the horse nuts - not you!

Another thing is make certain you are not leaning forward. When the rider leans forward it can cause th horse to rush forward to try to "balance" themselves.

And lastly ask her for the W/T/C in shouder fore. It's harder on them and hence they slow down naturally. Also don't keep horse in straight lines - throw in lots of transitions, turns, varying quickly what the horse is doing, as sometimes they get bored and try to "take over" for the rider.
     
    09-24-2012, 06:33 PM
  #30
Foal
Clinton anderson. The flexion exercises. It shuts down the motor and teaches horses how to make the speed just what you want it to be. I think the first few riding with confidence DVDs have it but im not positive. You have to build up the exercises exactly as he does from scratch though. Soon your mount will realize what speed you want... even if you are accidentally kicking her or whatever (legs tired/floppy heels) for instance... she'll learn to adapt... just as an example... even if your riding is perfect though :) plus it always helps that in an spook+bolt its your ONLY chance of getting control fast.. that part never hurts, lol.. (it doesnt work if you don't do the exercises the way he does it though because it becomes second hand at any gate/speed and the horse just has to give you a bit of his nose and he starts having to stop. Dunno why every english rider doesn't do this.. his videos are aimed at english and western riders.
     

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