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post #1 of 6 Old 05-09-2011, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Can I get a calm, collected canter please?

Training my young gelding. While lunging or in a round pen he walks and trots well and understands commands to slow down. However, his canter is always super strung out and wayyy too fast. He tucks his tail in a turns his head outward like he is trying to escape from something. He doesn't and will not slow down, he just runs until I am afraid he will hurt himself so I ask him to stop...He does this regardless of whether or not I have a whip in my hand. I have not cantered on his back yet.
What is the best way to teach him that he doesn't need to run as fast as he can and to have a calm, collected, driven canter that isn't all sprawled out and panicked??
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-09-2011, 02:52 PM
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Don't let him canter full circles. Stop him after a few strides or 1/4 circle, whatever, just not rip around. Soon he will be waiting for you to tell him to stop & won't bother running off. Changing directions often will help also.
Try that for starters.
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-09-2011, 02:56 PM
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What natisha said is really good advice. Do a lot of transitions to keep his mind working and focused on you also.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail...
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How old is your gelding and how big is the round pen? How long have you been working with him?

Many round pens are too small for a horse (especially a young horse) to properly balance themselves at a canter... so they rush around like maniacs or refuse to canter.
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-09-2011, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the advice natisha, I will try that out.

MN tigerstripes: I didn't even think of this...
My round pen is on the smaller side, 50ft diameter. It is made out of detachable panels though, so it wouldn't be too difficult to widen it. The bigger problem is space :/ May have to dig up a few shrubs to achieve this...

We are very limited to the the room we have to work in. We don't even have an arena for goodness sakes! We work mainly in the round pen and do short rides around the property and go on trail rides to reinforce what he learns.
What I wouldn't give for a beautiful, soft arena to ride him in! I think I may need to arrange a field trip or two for us soon

Edit: forgot to mention how long we'd been working together. He has been mine for a little less than a year. We have been riding together at a walk/trot for the past three months or so.

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That could very well be it...

I would love to have a beautiful arena too.... Le sigh... Someday...
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