A Bomb Exploding Canter? HELP!
Sassy is a full thoroughbred that had racehorse training but never raced.
I'm using her as a western pleasure, english pleasure, and gaming horse. We have our walk and trot/jog down really nicely, goes on a loose rein, collects, ect.. But when she canters it turns into a pretty much gallop. I have to keep contact on her mouth so that she doesn't go into a full run. It literally feels like I have a bomb underneath me that is about to explode.
I practice in a grass pasture, but we are going up to an arena soon. This winter I had practiced with her in an indoor arena and she seemed to have issues when we cantered on the short sides. She would start like crow-hopping on the short sides because it would take her maybe 3-4 strides on those walls. When I canter on her it is so open, and I get an adreanaline rush where I pretty much go numb and don't remember much. Its so powerful.
After you canter for a while she settles down, but any ideas other than doing circles to get her to listen?
She is really loose on the bit except when you go into a canter. She still neck reins and listens but she tightens up and tries to take control. We have complete control in the walk and trot. She is extremely good with leg cues and can go from walk to canter, stop to canter. Downgrading she is good sometimes on the canter.
I ride her mostly in a curb, she doesn't care for a snaffle. But I still work her in it but either one she acts the same. She just had her teeth floated and chiro work done.
Last edited by Thrill Ride; 05-11-2013 at 11:40 PM.