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post #1 of 8 Old 08-12-2013, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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hi im having trouble getting a collected canter. my pony has a lovely trot but aas soon as we go in to canter she rushes and its almost like a gallop. Any suggestions
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-12-2013, 06:18 AM
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Get a trainer... if you do have one, what do they have to say about that?

Ground work, lunging, and basics... I don't know much about your horse so really, that's all I can say. Personally, I'd try to get your horse collected on the ground before I attempted the saddle.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-12-2013, 07:48 AM
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May be you less than pony.

Are you steady at the canter in the saddle, or are you off balance, legs swinging and hands unsteady?

Video yourself if you can and see.

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It could be that cantering is more fun than she can responsibly handle right now. It could be you need to canter enough that it stops being so intoxicating. It could be your balance is too forward, which some interpret as 'go fast'. It could be your lower leg bounces at a canter, and encourages speed. Can you provide more details - does it happen with all horses you ride, just this one, etc? And pictures might help...

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I think you may be tense. How is she when you canter in a nice big circle using half of the arena? Does she dive forward, rush, etc. ?

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-13-2013, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the help:) c I don't have an arena as I keep my ponies in my grandads friends yard in the country side in Ireland and there is only fields, forestry and roads for me to ride so sometimes I'm limited to what I can do. I also gave up going to lessons when I got my first pony a few months ago as he said I was after improving loads. My grandad was the person who thought me to ride and his advice is not very helpful as he doesn't have patience so i rely on ye guys. To answer your questions bsms its only with this pony that it happens every other pony I ride i love cantering on but now I'm starting to dread it! I'm going back on the same pony tomorrow after a few weeks as she had a break any advice taken. Thanks again :)
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