Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Pulling her head down at the canter
I haven't had my mare very long, so the last three months have been somewhat of a trial for both of us. She is 8 years old, had a late start, and has mainly dressage training. At the walk and trot she is very forward and responsive. She has lots of impulsion and is very light on her forehand. I ride her in a french link D ring snaffle and she seemingly loves it. She's great to ride at the walk and trot. But the canter...
As soon as I signal to canter she becomes heavy on the forehand, and leans on my hands and gets speedy. Sometimes she tries to pull her head way down, as if to yank me out of the saddle. I try to half halt, but I can't seem to get her to slow and sink her weight to her hindquarters.
What am I doing wrong? So far when she starts getting heavy on my hands, I glue my butt to the saddle, sink my weight into my heels, wrap my legs around her, to drive her to the bit. I make sure my hands are light and supple to avoid pulling on her face.
It's becoming frustrating, and I know it's my fault. Any advice would be so helpful!