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post #1 of 5 Old 07-25-2012, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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So I've been working with this green pony. She's got a ton of potential and is SO willing to work! A very quick learner!
But every time I ask to pick up the canter she starts to speed trot and seconds later she starts bucking and rearing. I can bring her down easily, not a huge scary fit that she throws but enough to be a problem.
I have no idea how to get her to stop. We just keep going in circles with the whole thing. trot nicely -> ask for the canter -> speed trot! -> bucking/rearing .
Should I try lunging her and see how she does?
She does the same thing after she jumps too. I don't know if it's because she's young and is excited it what. She doesn't pin her ears back when she throws the fit either. Nothing hurts her either. I have a video of what I'm talking about if anyone wants to see.
Okay, thanks so much guys! I'm riding her again tomorrow so any advice would be appreciated:)
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It sounds like she's struggling to deal with her own energy. I'd absolutely try lunging her. Ideally I like my mare to go from walk- canter to Halt before I get up there.

If she can't do that without exploding I ain't getting up there!

How old is the mare?

I also like to let greenies naturally find canter after a small jump
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We had a pony that was very well trained walk trot, but would either slam on the breaks, bolt off, or just trot faster when you tried to canter her.

With her it turned out to be mostly a balance issue. Lots of cantering and transitions on the lungeline did the trick. Once she did that well with voice commands we switched to undersaddle without too much trouble.

Just don't expect it to happen in a day. I would give her a while and make sure she was really comfortable with it on the lungeline before asking her for it again.
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Yeah I'll definitely try lunging her today. Thanks guys:) and she's 4 years old.
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Lunging is a great idea, just make sure that you're in control and that it doesn't get dangerous!
Before you ask for the canter, make sure that the trot is quality-- even,
rhythmic, calm, etc. If this problem has been ongoing, she's probably started to anticipate it. If your trot is balanced and even, ask for the canter on the circle -- if she starts to speed-trot, immediately slow her down (halt if you can). While you're making these corrections, take care to be calm and not harsh. When she does pick up the canter, make sure to tell her what a good girl she is! It's going to take a lot of patience, but it'll be worth it!
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