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post #1 of 6 Old 07-20-2010, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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cantering problem! HELP!

So I have a Anglo-Arab who is 17 and has been a hunter horse all her life and I just got her a cuple months ago. Before I got her she had been hardly ridden for 3 years. The problem that I have is that she takes off in a canter and just gallops around the arena. I've tried everything I know to slow her down. She gets lunged for 20 minutes before I ride her. She is not hyper in the walk or trot, but as soon as I canter she gets extremely hyper. Any advice would be really great!! Thank you! Oh and btw I am not a beginner and I have been riding for over 10 years, just never dealt with a problem like this.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-20-2010, 03:29 PM
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I had this problem going walk to trot wiht my young horse as soon as I squeexed it was flying leao inot trot then jead up and panic around the school. I went right back to basics I spent one whole week in walk asking for a halt at random times he had to stop immediatly and no more steps if he stepped he got a light flick with the dressage horse and eh stern AHH and put back to where he was.
Once my halt was great in walk I moved onto trot but as soon as any temppo changed from what I wanted it was halt immediatly and try again I done this in walk trot and canter and it took about a month

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Have you ruled out pain issues (poorly fitting tack, injuries, arthritis, etc)?


Do you have a trainer or trusted friend that can watch you to determine what is going on? That would probably give you a good idea of why the horse is taking off on you.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-20-2010, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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she is healthy and her tack is well fitted. I usually don't take lessons but I will be starting again to help me with this problem
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-20-2010, 04:02 PM
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I know you said she was healthy, and I do believe you...I just want to start with that. However, I would probably have her legs/feet evaluated or re-evaluated due to her previous athletic work and her age. I have seen this happen before and the horse turn out to have splints, ring bone or navicular. I am NOT suggesting your horse has any of these, I am merely suggesting you rule out the possibility before moving on. That way if there is something that is just starting up, you can take care of it now and your horse will continue having a happy and pain free life.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-22-2010, 10:42 AM
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She hasn't been ridden in 3 years so she has no muscle tone. Just like a baby she's lost the nack of balancing with a rider. Stop cantering for the moment and work on learning to rebalance her through halt halts (HH).

A HH can be used to slow or just rebalance the horse. (Horses get faster in the gait when they fall onto their forehands - nose 0 thus when you rebalance them you're shifting the weight back onto their hind legs.

When the horse is moving along (say at a walk) then starts walking faster (returning to the barn/sees another horse/etc) ask for a halt. You do by keeping BOTH legs on (slight squeeze), then as horse goes forward push BOTH stirrups straight down (rider needs to be straight up and down NOT leaning forward or backward) while at the same time squeezing the fingers on both hands to indicate a WHOA. (Using the voice to teach a stop can help).

Once you get a halt where BOTH hind legs are straight down (not out behind the tail) then you use that same technique to teach the horse to HH. To do the HH ask for a halt, then when hors starts to stop at last minute ease reins forward about 1/2 inch and allow (do NOT push) horse to continue forward. Repeat often.

Once you can do that then everytime you ask for a transition (up and down) do a HH then ask for the transition - walk into trot, trot into walk, trot to halt.

After 6 months of doing that (maybe less if you and the horse learn quickly) the horse should have the muscles where at the trot you do a HH, ask for the canter. IF you did the HH correctly the horse stepped underneath itself with the hinds legs and the canter will start out slower (than ity does now) since the horse will be balanced. After a few strides horse will loose balance since it still needs muscle, so HH then transition BACK to the trot for another 6 strides, then HH and transition back to canter.

Repeat with lots of walk breaks where horse can stretch nose to ground on long rein to relax and stretch out the muscle it's building. Soon (if you're consistent) horse will be able to canter balanced as slow or as large as you want.

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