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  • How to relax into a canter on a stubborn lazy pony
  • Do spurs help with canter

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    05-31-2012, 10:30 PM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Deschutes    
I know a couple horses like that. One particular mustang I ride can trot for days without breaking into a canter.

For him, I do the ask, tell, demand scenario.
I ask for a trot, and at the corner of the arena, I ask for a canter with a kiss and a slight kick while sitting and not posting. If he doesn't listen, I wait till the next corner, kiss and kick a little harder. If that doesn't work, I either slip on my spurs, grab a crop or give him a good whap on the rear to show that I mean it.

He is a very stubborn horse, so sometimes he just needs a bit of incentive to get going. : p
This is not the most effective use of ask-tell-demand. By waiting until the next corner or waiting until you get off and put your spurs on, you are effectively abandoning your request and starting anew each time. In order to be maximally effective, the ask-tell-demand sequence should be occurring over perhaps 2-3 strides at most.
     
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    05-31-2012, 10:36 PM
  #12
Weanling
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    06-01-2012, 01:11 AM
  #13
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Originally Posted by DraftXDressage    
This is not the most effective use of ask-tell-demand. By waiting until the next corner or waiting until you get off and put your spurs on, you are effectively abandoning your request and starting anew each time. In order to be maximally effective, the ask-tell-demand sequence should be occurring over perhaps 2-3 strides at most.
Yes, this is true. Especially if you need to "knock the horse out of an old thought pattern". YOu kind of have to get on and act like you are a different rider now. You say, I am the person who does not take "no" for an answer.

You put the leg on normally, and then once briskly , then lay the whip on , and I do it two or three really swift smacks. It really startles the horse, but the next time I don't have to use the whip at all. It is kind of a wake up call that we are changing the dynamic of horse and rider here. Just be prepared for the horse to jump forward, and don't punish their mouth when they do.
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    06-01-2012, 11:27 AM
  #14
Yearling
Ah, right.

Thank you for clarifying that.
     
    06-01-2012, 02:39 PM
  #15
Foal
I had problems cantering and only just really stopped being scared when cantering so I still tense up a bit and lose my balance so that's probably what the problem is. My instructor says I think about it too much and just need to relax, thanks for your help everyone!
     
    06-01-2012, 03:05 PM
  #16
Yearling
When you get tense, take deep breaths, and do it loudly. My instructor always has our people do that, especially me because I get ridiculously tense and can't let go of it.
     

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