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post #1 of 6 Old 05-13-2012, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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If all else fails canter in circles?

Rode Prin on Saturday and she was FERAL! It has been two weeks since she'd been ridden normally that wouldn't matter much. Our last ride we were out hunting.

I expected my 16yr old arthritic mare to be stiff NOPE

Warmed up with some liberty she was great popped over jumps walk trot canter with me. Then when I got on she was the hottest she's ever been. She had no walk only jog, when I applied leg on the circle she took that as canter! She was quite happy to canter 10m circles when I made them smaller to slow her down.

The boogeyman was hiding in the bushes and she wouldn't use half the paddock. She was jumping beautifully although slightly rushy but the brakes were failing a bit. I eventually got sick of fighting to slow her down so decided to ask for the canter keep her on a big circle till she decided to stop, a friend timed it at 5.30 right leg and 4.10 left. We almost had sanity after that ALMOST but I was exhausted! So it was cool down and out away.

Next time I'll let her canter it out to begin with!!
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-30-2012, 09:03 PM
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You shouldn't let her canter just because she wants to go faster. You did right by doing circles - good job. You just keep doing circles in both directions and do it until they focus on you. You might want to try lunging before you ride next time.
But you just keep doing circles and don't quit before they listen to you, even if you're at it for a while. As they say, it's unacceptable for that kind of behavior. After a while, that horse will get back on track and you'll have won that battle.
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Only 5 minutes each way to get her to slow down and re-gain her head? You're a lucky girl.

I would have kept her loping for about another 30 minutes each way though, just so that it would be very clear to her that I decided when we stopped, not her.

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Aren't those days crazy?! Mine happened during a blizzard type deal at the barn at night. Sky just... couldn't hold it together. His trot was super extended and just ground covering! And forget his canter.. it was more like little bucks and leaping around, tossing his head. Didn't help that I was petrified of dying LOL.

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-30-2012, 11:31 PM
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Cantering them out works great for many horses, generally horses like mine that are fundamentally lazy and would rather stand or mosey about than be heaving and sweaty. I make my guy run an extra two laps around the arena and my point has been made for weeks. Some rare horses just get more and more fit and more and more able to be naughty or frantic for even longer if you try to run it out of them... I think you just have to know your horse.
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Some rare horses just get more and more fit and more and more able to be naughty or frantic for even longer if you try to run it out of them... I think you just have to know your horse.

Sort of a funny story. You can't lunge the energy out of Sky. He is not that kind of horse. He lives to survive.. and if that means running till his legs fall apart he would.

So once my friend was having a tough time with him. He wasn't being a little energy bug under saddle and on the ground so she decided to lunge him.

Almost an hour later.. no change. He was just as wound up and when she told me, I was floored. I told her you can't just lunge him without a purpose. She ended up putting him away and the next time she tried what I told her and surprise surprise.. guess who was an angel?!

You've got to know your horse, definitely!

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