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    08-03-2010, 05:36 AM
Question concentration and cantering

Well, technically these things are sorta connected.

Whilst riding today I figured something out. I was focusing on my position, my head off with the faeries. Lopez was going on at a nice even trot with his head a little down instead of in the air. After I finished riding I realized that as soon as I start fiddling with him things go down hill. He'll go along at his own pace and settle into a nice one and go where I want to but as SOON as I do something to him (apart from moving him around and pushing him a little with his legs) mainly adjusting his pace or something and he gets into this little mood and goes fast or chucks his head into the head.

We are a funny pair aren't we?

Okay, to the cantering. To put it simply, Lopez has the HOONIEST canter. Wait, I should start from the start. When asking Lopez to go into a canter he goes into this fast trot, horribly fast trot. And then he sort of stumbles into a really fast canter and then as I pull him back a little he'll go back into a trot. It's just so. . .GRRR

How can I fix it?
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    08-03-2010, 04:59 PM
The last part about the canter is the same thing I'm going through with my guy.

Our trainer advised us to not ever run into the canter that way, even though that's what he wants to do. If I ask for the canter and he starts to speed up into his crazy trot I just reel him in and slow down to the trot or walk I want and try again. She says that if we keep allowing him to rush into the canter he will learn that that's what we want him to do. Slow back down, get your rhythm back and ask again. Maybe use a crop or a dressage whip, something extra when you ask so he realizes you don't just want him to speed up but shift gears completely.

Good luck! We are working more on his trot rhythm before we try tackling the canter transitions again but that's the game plan.
    08-04-2010, 02:51 AM
That's a good idea, I'll try it. And I might try the whip as well, I'm a little cautious with them because he doesn't like them at all but I'll defiantly try and get one. (Looks like I'm going to annoy dad for moneyz)
    08-04-2010, 03:40 PM
That is excellent advice Deerly. One thing that I use to teach a horse to level out, slow down, and relax at the canter is circles. They are the cure for nearly every evil. My Dad always says "Lope him until his head drops" and it works. Lope them in circles and instead of using both reins to control speed, just make the circle smaller when they speed up. Keep it small until they slow down and then slowly let them go back out to the bigger one. You will be tired, he will be tired, and it is entirely possible that your side will be hurting by the time you are done but you will see improvement every day.
    08-04-2010, 04:04 PM
Originally Posted by lopez    
Well, technically these things are sorta connected.

Okay, to the cantering. To put it simply, Lopez has the HOONIEST canter. Wait, I should start from the start. When asking Lopez to go into a canter he goes into this fast trot, horribly fast trot. And then he sort of stumbles into a really fast canter and then as I pull him back a little he'll go back into a trot. It's just so. . .GRRR

How can I fix it?
I have been working with my three year old this summer and we started with the same problem. I would allow him to do it at first, to get into the canter and work on balancing and such but then it came to the point where he needed to learn how to strike off with confidence from the trot. (Don't do it from the walk until the horse is SOLID at the trot, it can make them nervous and won't help)

So when the time came my coach rode him in draw reins. She'd collect him up and ask for the canter, not allowing him to run. If he tried to run she'd bring him back and ask again right away. When in draw reins what you need to work on (and only work on pretty much) is the transitions. They automatically put your horse on the forehand for the most part so it is important to just work on strengthening the transitions and making your horse confident, and not worry about too much else at that point.

Now when I ride him and ask for the canter he is SOOO much better. Over 50% of the time he is now striking off right away and not running. Some horses need confidence in their transitions like my boy and the draw reins did the trick. And that was only one night of using them.

I would suggest though that you have someone experienced with draw reins do it with him at least for the first time or until you know how to use them properly. Like I said it only took one time with the reins to really help out and he is so much better now. :)

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