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        06-26-2008, 10:31 PM
      #31
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    One thing I should have mentioned is that Jubilee is already very well trained. She does a lot of dressage and she is almost 18 years old. She isn't a young horse freshly off the track.
         
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        08-13-2008, 10:06 PM
      #32
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    My pony, Cloe used to have the same issue. I just did a lot of giving to the bit exercises with her whenever she would want to become boss :roll: . A lot of transition work is good, too. Or, if the horse wants to go, maybe just let her rip. I know horses get bored sometimes and just need a fun day, so maybe if she is feeling speedy that day, go out for a nice fun, care free, gallop kind of a day.
         
        08-13-2008, 10:51 PM
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    I didn't read the other posts so sorry if I'm being repetitive but I'd really recommend circles. The last horse I had before Mikey was a QH who was bred and trained to race and than left in a pasture sitting around until I started working with him. I really hated pulling on the reins and like you say Jubilee does, he'd take that as wanting to go faster. So whenever he started going to fast for my liking I'd sort of think SLOW and start circling. Keeping him bending, and keeping him on the circle until he was going at the speed I wanted. Than I'd allow him to move back out onto the rail. If he started up again I'd just go right back into the circle. It really does work wonders because soon the horse realized that it is much easier to go at a nice speed on the rail than do all that work bending and circling.

    Good luck with her!
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        08-14-2008, 12:04 AM
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    Gillian, thank you, that was helpful. Actually, yesterday I did something similar. Instead of going in a straight line I kind of did a traveling circle. Where I would be on the rail, and then do a circle, but not come back to the exact same spot and circle again, further and further up. It seemed to help.
         
        08-24-2008, 07:00 PM
      #35
    Foal
    I used to have the exact same problem, Starship wants to trot when we're walking, canter when trotting and gallop when cantering. He's 12 and only retired a little over a year and a half ago.
    We have our first show coming up in 2 weeks and it really had me worried, he has this awful half canter that looks like he's lame, but it's more a trot with front legs cantering, really weird.
    I found that the way to slow him down is to stop fighting for control and let everything relax. Let go of the pressure on the reins and relax all my muscles, it really works.
    The more I used to fight him, the faster he went and the more frustrated we both got. Now when I relax, he relaxes. He even gives to the bit and drops his head in the free walk as long as I am calm. Sometimes I forget and start pulling for control and every time I get the exact same result; a heavy pulling horse. Then I have to get back to a walk and start over, because I will never win when it comes to a pulling contest.
         
        08-24-2008, 11:07 PM
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    Originally Posted by knaskedov
    I used to have the exact same problem, Starship wants to trot when we're walking, canter when trotting and gallop when cantering. He's 12 and only retired a little over a year and a half ago.
    We have our first show coming up in 2 weeks and it really had me worried, he has this awful half canter that looks like he's lame, but it's more a trot with front legs cantering, really weird.
    I found that the way to slow him down is to stop fighting for control and let everything relax. Let go of the pressure on the reins and relax all my muscles, it really works.
    The more I used to fight him, the faster he went and the more frustrated we both got. Now when I relax, he relaxes. He even gives to the bit and drops his head in the free walk as long as I am calm. Sometimes I forget and start pulling for control and every time I get the exact same result; a heavy pulling horse. Then I have to get back to a walk and start over, because I will never win when it comes to a pulling contest.
    That makes a lot of sense, and I completely agree with you. I've noticed that that works a lot with my horse as well. :)
         

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