Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel
Okay so apparently not riding for a month has turned me into mush. I am confused as to how to cue the canter.
I ride in a dressage saddle on a VERY forward horse so when I put my inside leg at the girth and my outside leg back to cue.. he only sped up at a crazy extended trot... no thank you!!!
Please help.. I felt safe in terms of not bouncing but yeah... not exactly what I wanted.
maybe you need to ease back with doing some trots and posting, maybe doing some bending, so he's alert to you. Sit up tall and project energy and confidence.
If you've done all the preliminary work and he's giving you grief:
You ask and he gives you the crazy fast trot, halt him immediately and set up again. Don't let him get away with playing games. If he's a school horse, he knows what he's supposed to do. They get a little pushy when they sense you're not confident.
I'm assuming you have someone else watching what you're doing and you're cueing him right.
If he continues, back him up three steps. No more. Immediately ask again. They don't like to back up. It's punishment. But this can't go on for an extended period of time.
You mustnt get angry or frustrated, he'll know. Breathe out. STAY RELAXED. That's really important. When you tense up it become a struggle. Don't struggle. Sit up, sit back, ask, expect, see it in your mind, expect it. If it becomes a struggle, let it go. Do something else. No sense in fighting with a horse. They're bigger.