Originally Posted by LoveIsTheAnswer
So my mare and I have been working on slowing her canter. We've been doing lots of transitions and so far, when I ask for the canter, she takes two or three slow and collected steps but after that she just breaks into a gallop. She has the two good strides though. Are we doing good? And is there any other exercises I could do?
I'm looking forward to reading the responses as I have a similar issue with the horse I'm assigned this summer.
When he and I lope he often speeds up. So my instructor watched us yesterday and told me like with a trot, I have to cue to slow him to the speed I want using primarily my seat/pelvis. The problem is when he feels me do that his instinct is to break so I have to continue giving leg to spur him on. She says it will take time to coordinate my body and brain to say it specifically enough for him. Some horses, easy peasy. Some horses, you have to give them very specific instructions.