Issues With Steering In Canter/ Gallop
Hi everyone :)
My 4 year old and I are doing brilliantly.
He's the perfect horse for me, and I'm so happy to have found him.
Our training is going very well, and he's turning out to be a real diamond in the rough.
However, when we go out on hacks, we're having a slight issue.
Obie is half TB so loves to have a canter or gallop, which I love too.
When we're in a field, cantering he'll decide to turn in the direction he wants to go in. I of course, tell him otherwise, so we fight eachother.
This is unusual, as I feel that we both 'click'.
If we're going in a straight line, and I want him to circle, literally his head is bend RIGHT round to the direction he should be going in, but we're still heading in a straight line.
Today he scared me. I'm quite experienced with naughty, unpredictable, dangerous horses, so to me, Obie is an angel. We were galloping down a field and we were coming to the end, so I was telling him to turn around to go back on it... but no... he decided to keep going, STRAIGHT for a 6 feet ditch and the road. I don't know why I did it, but I dropped my left rein, and with two hands I hauled his head to the safest direction. He finally turned when he realised what he was doing. It takes a lot for a horse to scare me, and straight afterwards I was fine, I'm not a nervous rider at all.
We have no issues with steering in the school or any other gait.. he's not strong, I do have breaks, just not a steering wheel.
I dislike using my hands for steering. I use my body and legs, and hands as a last resort.
Is it becuase he's a baby and still doesn't know what he's doing?
I'm going to stop all gaits above canter/gallop on fields that are open, and just stick to tracks that are straight so he knows where he's going. He's fine this way.