Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Okay, regarding the speeding up:
It's probably a balance issue, or you might be cuing the horse without even realizing it. You are reinforcing the behavior, at any rate, by not correcting it. By not correcting it, you are saying "good boy, that's what I want" even if it isn't what you want.
- Learn to say no. If he takes off, or goes into a gait that you did not specifically cue, then he is wrong and you must correct it. Nip the behavior in the bud NOW. If you ask for a lope or gallop, then great - have fun - but DO NOT allow your horse to choose what he wants to do.
- Chances are you and your horse are off balance; hence the speeding up. I would suggest working with a trainer if at all possible to get this back - it is all very hard to explain in text. Learn what cues mean what (even if you shift your weight slightly (you might not even realize that you've done it, it's so slight) you could be cuing the horse) - and memorize them. For instance, my old mare would change leads with the slightest weight change, leg pressure, and rein aid. You could be cuing him without realizing it, especially if you don't have independent hands, seat and leg.
ETA - I would also get a professional to check the saddle fit, especially if he refuses to go up or down a hill - the saddle might not be fitting correctly.
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