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post #1 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Teaching a horse to have a slower canter

How do you train a horse to have a slower canter? She's always had a fast canter all of her riding life, but I would like to train her to break out of that habit.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 04:00 PM
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she probably has a fast canter bc she is not strong enough to go slower. what kind of riding schedule is she on? do you have an pics we can see of her moving or video

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post #3 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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You probably could be right about the strength thing. She's 25 years old.
And yeah, I have a video but I don't know how to upload it on here.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-24-2011, 04:20 PM
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You can try cantering about 5 strides, stop and back up a few strides. Canter a few strides, stop and backup. Keep doing this and soon she'll be anticipating a "stop and backup" and will slow down. It helped me!
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-25-2011, 07:47 AM
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you need to sit up and collect your canter they need to be back on their hocks but riding forward all of my horses will learn to shorter canter strides ( slower) and lengthen their canter.

get 2 poles out with at least 5 -6 strides Sit up and back you dont want to pull the horse but u need a contact he should sit back and wait = shorten canter see if you can try an get in 7-8 strides inbetween the poles its v hard to explain i hope im making sense!
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