Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
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Help with a slow canter
So, lately as I've been riding Shooter [a cross of a bunch of different breeds, but a super smooth ride], I've been trying to get him into a slow canter while also getting him into the corners which he so much likes to cut.
He's a great horse, spookproof and uber flexible. He can hug poles so tight, you come close to hitting your knee in a weave. Anywho. He has a few 'bad' habits which have been ingrained into him through 15 years of work at the festival.
He likes to cut through the middle [he's a joust horse], loves going fast and often thinks when he's been brought out, that it's time to go fast and often wears himself out [he thinks that by going fast, he gets done faster], and loves, just loves to cut corners. Now, cutting corners and prevention of him going through the middle I have countered by using as much leg I am able to muster, plus neck reigning. However... he thinks that by using my leg, it means "go faster." I don't want him to go faster, just want him to go slower.
I've been told that using your seat is the way of keeping him at a slow, controlled canter, and it helps to sing a slow, three beated song, however... the song doesn't help, and I'm not entirely sure how to use my seat to make him go slow. :/ I can do it in a trot, but. I usually just end up moving with the horse instead of using my seat to get him to go slow.
I -really- do not like the idea of pulling at his mouth to make him slow dow, so I normally just have him go the pace he wants while I work on my legs to keep him in the corners.
Cantering bearback would probaly solve this, however, I am not yet comfortable cantering bearback.