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    11-01-2013, 01:44 PM
Forward Going.

Hello!! Just today I went to see a horse with my dad, he's gorgeous (the horse, not my dad:P) he seems amazing!!
I had a little ride on him, and we're taking him out on trial tomorrow, the only problem is, he is very forward going!! I can handle it, but could I have a bit of advice to make it easier to control him?
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    11-01-2013, 01:47 PM
Well if he's safe... Then don't try and control his speed. Most forward going horses are just that. Forward going. If he's not actually running away on you, let him be. Its a common mistake people make, trying to restrict a forward horse. It's just like us. Some people walk fast, some walk slow. Personal preference ;)
Good luck with the horse... You must show us some pictures.
    11-01-2013, 01:50 PM
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Forward going is fine if they are not towing or pulling at you to go faster. Do you mean that he is forward off your leg or going faster than you wish?. It could be the he requires more schooling if he is on the forehand and rushing you.

With my TB you just have to think trot or canter and she's moves off, but she doesn't charge forward.
    11-01-2013, 02:11 PM
Thanks everyone!! He's just very sensitive to leg etc.!! He is just a very different ride than what I'm used to!
    11-01-2013, 02:17 PM
It'll do you good to ride a sensitive horse! I find if I ride a lazy brute, then ride a sensitive TB type straight afterwards, it really makes me think and become a better rider.
Just be careful not to give this fella a pony club kick or a whack on the bottom, and you'll be all set.
I hope he works for you!
Best of luck :)
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    11-01-2013, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by aLwAyS eQuEsTrIaN    
Thanks everyone!! He's just very sensitive to leg etc.!! He is just a very different ride than what I'm used to!

My Tb is too, infact she is too sensitive and really needs to get used to me putting my leg on without her getting bothered by it as I tend to ride with my leg off all the time which is not right. If it is just being sensitive and you are aware of it being just more than you are used to them I'm sure you'll work it all out fine.
    11-03-2013, 10:54 PM
I have a very forward mare, especially when we're coming down from faster gaits.
What really helps her is to not tense up with my reins, but follow them. I also try to really relax in my saddle, keep an even, slow breathing pattern, and set the pace with my own body by replicating a slower beat with my lower body, while really engaging my thighs and core so that my lower legs stay in a proper place and don't encourage her to go forward.
I had the problem of bracing with my upper body, which led to a jigging horse! I wasn't setting a slower pace with my body, which was telling her to go forward while my hands and arms were telling her to stop. All that energy I was putting into her was causing her to go up and down since she couldn't go forward, leading to jigging!

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