Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
Probably depends on what you want to do with the horse. If you are content to just plod around, or if getting a bit of pace up starts to frighten you, then its probably better to keep it under wraps and not let the horse get going too fast. If your horse is getting more speed than you want then start thinking about its training, if it is a well trained horse it should drop speed really easily with changes in your body through your seat, but that requires the right kind of training and its not as straight forwards as it seems to get to the point where small changes mean a drop in speed.
I always seem to notice that people's horses tend to GO a hell of a lot easier than they STOP, and something I like to really drill into horses that I train is stopping. It should just take a pause in your rhythm in the saddle, and maybe just picking up the weight of one rein, ever so slightly, to knock them out of a gallop into a canter and so on. But you have to learn to make them shed the speed via various means and refine it to get them to do it lightly. All the same though, if you emphasise the stopping, rather than just consider it as just a matter of course, but really emphasise it, it should start to take on more importance.
For example, when I train horses, in the first few rides, where I actually start the training, rather than just let them learn to carry me, I like to let them stand for a good while after I stop them, I might count out a couple of minutes even, before asking them to go again, and as I think of it, I probably rarely just get them to go off in the same direction as they were going but turn them around or something. And I also like to get them stopping really softly and smoothly at a slow gait before trying it at a fast one. In fact in the first, well, maybe I don’t know, depends on the horse a lot, but maybe, 20 to 30 rides, or more perhaps, I wouldn’t even let them really open up with any sort of real speed. But, before I waffle on any more I guess the thing Im driving at is that I spend a lot more time working on the STOP with a horse than the GO; after all, horses tend to be bred to run, and that can play a part. The fastest horse that, to this day, I have ever ridden is one of my old cow horses, pure QH, is father was a cutting horse, but his mother was a sprinter who had won quite a few races and I guess he took after his mother, though he was a handy cutter too, he could go so fast it was frightening to sit on him, and nothing else could come close over a short distance. And he LOVED to really open up the throttle and run. He was the kind of horse that had to be out in front, even if you were just riding along with a few fellas without any cattle, he had to be out in the lead. Got pretty irritating if you were trying to carry on a conversation.
Last edited by AnrewPL; 05-29-2013 at 09:38 AM.