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  • My horse takes big quick strides when cantering how can i slow her down

 
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    01-14-2012, 03:57 PM
  #1
Weanling
Unhappy Big Strided Fast Canter; HELP

My Morab mare that I've been training has a really nice walk/trot that is medium speed, not too fast not too slow. Ask her to canter? Zoom zoom, and she's got a huge canter stride.

Any tips on quickly slowing a canter down, and getting a canter stride smaller?

Thanks in advance. (:
     
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    01-14-2012, 04:17 PM
  #2
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I think you are lucky to have an Arab that has a big canter stride. Many of the arabs I have seen dont'. They often have a shorter but quicker stride and can sometimes make the three beat canter become almost a two beat "pronk" like a gazelle.

As far as I know, slowing a canter can be done from the rider sitting back a bit, really engaging the core muscles and kind of "holding" the horse back, and when the horse slows you have to be quick to reward them by loosening and letting them go. Which of course, means they will speed up again, you tighten your core, kind of firm up your body and stop moving with them so smoothly, theynslow, you release and reward , and on and on . Eventually, it will take the minutest tightening of your core to remind them to slow and if you add a little closing of your hand on the outside rein, well, it'a a basic half halt.
     
    01-14-2012, 05:34 PM
  #3
Weanling
Everything that tinyliny said plus:

CANTER. Yeah, that's right. Just canter. To get a nice canter, you have to do lots of cantering. Same thing with trotting; if you want a nice slow trot, you're going to have to do lots of trotting. I had to work on my horse's rocket trot. It was SO FAST AND BUMPY it wasn't even funny. Now he has a nice slow western pleasure trot with a headset to go with it (most of the time...Could use a little more work on that (; lol)
     
    01-14-2012, 05:36 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I think you are lucky to have an Arab that has a big canter stride. Many of the arabs I have seen dont'. They often have a shorter but quicker stride and can sometimes make the three beat canter become almost a two beat "pronk" like a gazelle.

As far as I know, slowing a canter can be done from the rider sitting back a bit, really engaging the core muscles and kind of "holding" the horse back, and when the horse slows you have to be quick to reward them by loosening and letting them go. Which of course, means they will speed up again, you tighten your core, kind of firm up your body and stop moving with them so smoothly, theynslow, you release and reward , and on and on . Eventually, it will take the minutest tightening of your core to remind them to slow and if you add a little closing of your hand on the outside rein, well, it'a a basic half halt.
Its probably because she's half Morgan. LOL. I've never seen an Arab with a big canter stride either. My Paint has a gazelle canter though.

Ok, thank you! Guess I'm doing everything right just have to keep working on it.

**To everyone else, or you.** Would cavalettis help make her canter stride smaller? She did them when I first got her at a walk and trot but we never got to canter.
     
    01-14-2012, 05:38 PM
  #5
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxGallopxx    
Everything that tinyliny said plus:

CANTER. Yeah, that's right. Just canter. To get a nice canter, you have to do lots of cantering. Same thing with trotting; if you want a nice slow trot, you're going to have to do lots of trotting. I had to work on my horse's rocket trot. It was SO FAST AND BUMPY it wasn't even funny. Now he has a nice slow western pleasure trot with a headset to go with it (most of the time...Could use a little more work on that (; lol)
My instructor had me do that with my Appaloosa/Arab but it never helped, but maybe it'll help her. Thank you. (:
     
    01-14-2012, 06:25 PM
  #6
Started
My 3 year old has a fassssst lope. All I did was go out into the field and lope. I would start with a big circle, then slowly bring it down to a small circle, then bring it back out to the large circle again. To keep her from speeding up in the large circle, I'd do some trot/lope transitions or stop her and pick up the other lead to keep it interesting. Needless to say, she was one heck of a sweaty pony that day. But now, I can change the speed of her lope whenever I want. I can even slow it down to a nice, slow comfortable lope that is as fast as my dad's horse trots.
     
    01-14-2012, 06:51 PM
  #7
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
My 3 year old has a fassssst lope. All I did was go out into the field and lope. I would start with a big circle, then slowly bring it down to a small circle, then bring it back out to the large circle again. To keep her from speeding up in the large circle, I'd do some trot/lope transitions or stop her and pick up the other lead to keep it interesting. Needless to say, she was one heck of a sweaty pony that day. But now, I can change the speed of her lope whenever I want. I can even slow it down to a nice, slow comfortable lope that is as fast as my dad's horse trots.
Did you ask for a canter after you made her stop and back up?
     
    01-14-2012, 07:02 PM
  #8
Started
I depends of how she responded to the stop and back up. If she didn't stop and back up softly, I'd make her lope right away for half a circle, then stop and back up again. But, other than that, I'd just fool around with upward transitions. Go from a the standstill to a walk, then lope, or from a standstill to a trot, then lope, or go through all three. Just keeping the whole exercise interesting for her, cause we all know the attention spans of young horses...
     
    01-14-2012, 07:44 PM
  #9
Weanling
Thank you.
     
    01-15-2012, 02:19 AM
  #10
Started
Good luck!
     

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