Originally Posted by ealti
Wow! All great answers!
To answer Spirit88, I have been trying to put miles in his canter but he scares me when he goes so fast. I don't have access to a round pen or even a ring so my training has to be out on trail. I just have a small area in his paddock for my GW.
The round pen or areana isnt going to get the miles under his hoofs cantering. Beleive me my horse was like a race horse running down the dirt roads. My daughter was on her horse we left him in the dust. I have a thing for going fast so being on a horse that loves to run isnt an issue for me.
Really didnt take him long to slow down maybe 4 miles,he was super fit at the time. My horse when I started doing this had been on one trail prior to this.
I don't keep my green horses in the round pen or areana long maybe a week then out on the trails. It took maybe 3 rides on the long dirt roads. First day he went really really fast slowed down near the end.
Second day he had slowed enough my daughters horse could keep up. Third day he was like a normal horse that went a nice pace and on a loose rein. Main thing is you can't be scared to be on a fast horse. But the fast wont last long once they figure out its a ton of work.
For my boy it was 3 days he still can go fast when asked. Yeah I still let him rip up the road every now and again as fast as he can go he loves it.
Love to race also which my daughter and I do almost daily when we ride.