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    12-19-2011, 09:48 AM
Run Trott - Slowing down

Hello all - I was out with my four year old (i'm still a novice rider) and when I got her into trott she decided to go faster - not into a canter but more a run-trott. It was an uncomfortable ride (I felt heavy with the vibration goigng through my upper body when I lowered onto the saddle) I kept slowing the horse by pulling the reins in and this was Ok for a time - but then she ignored the reins-pulling and really was run-trotting without control (she has a straight bit) I then waggled the bit left and right and she slowed once I did this - was there anything else I can do to stop her breaking into thie unfamiliar gait (she was on her way home and I don't want to encourage barn-sour nor was I ready for this speed at this time) we were out on our own
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    12-19-2011, 10:45 AM
Frequent half-halts (which involve the use of your seat, core muscles, as well as the bit) will keep the pace under control.

Half halts are not something that can be learned by reading about them. It's good to read up on the technique, but after that you really need a few lessons on it with a good riding instructor.
    12-19-2011, 10:55 AM
When I'm riding green horses, or any horse for that matter, I always keep in my the opposite of what the horse wants to do.

Your horse wants to be fast and out of control. You stop her, back her up a few steps then move forward. Every time she wants to be fast, you stop her and bring her back to you. Make her listen to you. If your horse wants to go right, you pull him left, etc. You're in control not the horse, and you have to keep reminding her of that until she knows who the boss is.
    12-19-2011, 11:01 AM
Yes thank you I will look up half-halts and I will also focus on ensuring that I remind her who is in charge. It all makes sense but sometimes it is nice for others to tell me what I need to do - I always worry that I am missing something or not doing something right - must assert my authority!
    12-19-2011, 12:10 PM
Originally Posted by Silkcookie    
I will look up half-halts
I strongly suggest some instruction to go along with it. Reading about how to do a half halt is much better than not knowing how, but reading about it and then being schooled in it is even better.
    12-20-2011, 12:21 AM
I agree with half halts and also working on your own mental tempo. I had this problem with my horse, my trainers kept telling me it was because I changed to match my horse equally every time. He trot faster, I would post faster and compensate to the speed. Instead I learned to slow my own post down (against the movement he was making by counting, 1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2 but at the speed I wanted to go at. It has helped me tons in learning to keep the same tempo myself, then my horse matches me.

I have been learning that typically speed is not a disobedience issue, it is a balance issue. Your horse doesn't feel balanced enough to go slow so she speeds up. I would suggest possibly looking for a good trainer to help find more balance for you and the horse. That is what has helped me immensely.
    12-20-2011, 05:15 AM
Hi Yes thank you for that - I had not considered controlling the horse by my own body movements. I will try that. Yes I always have an instructor around but it is often the case that I am suppose to be focusing on say manoevring whereas this issue comes up for example and I start to ask the trainer lots of questions when they simply want me to work on our specific focus. The trainer has mentioned halfhalts but usig different terminology (old school) but says we will work on it! - I can make an early start! Thank you all for you advice
    12-20-2011, 05:57 AM
Originally Posted by Silkcookie    
I had not considered controlling the horse by my own body movements.
I should have also mentioned posting at the slower tempo. Glad someone did.

Not to be hard on you, but if you have not considered using your body movements (adjusting posting tempo, changing from a driving to a stilling to a restraining seat) perhaps it's time to pay for an instructor that teaches you that to the point where your seat and legs become the principal aids and the reins/hands are just there to support and fine tune the former.

it is often the case that I am suppose to be focusing on say manoevring whereas this issue comes up for example and I start to ask the trainer lots of questions when they simply want me to work on our specific focus.
It kinda bothers me that your instructor seemingly ignores you when you ask for help with this problem of maintaining gait pops up and instead wants you to focus on something else.

Outside of applying gross corrections (bolting, bucking, etc), reins are not your primary means of controlling a well trained horse.

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