Originally Posted by Fudgelove
My horse was bought a little green at the canter. He can't get his lead all the time on the ground or uner saddle. But when he does get his lead he is "at the race track" and throws his head when you try to slow him down. He's a great horse with this as his only issue. My trainer tells me to turn his head to the rail but it dosen't work, help!
Green horses don't always understand leads - how do you "cue" him for a lead? Be consistent (weight new inside seatbone and push inside hip forward) and gently correct him when he picks up the wrong lead by bringing him back to a trot after about 4 strides of wrong lead canter, then make certain you are in the proper position and ask agin.
Second - he goes fast at the canter because he is green and unbalanced. So at first don't really try to slow him down, but use the check/release system a previous poster stated to keep him from galloping down the road, but DO allow the canter to be a bit fast. After horse consistently picks up correct lead and seems more balanced (about 3 months sometimes more, depending on the horse) then slowly ask him to slow down by "slowing" your bodies response to the canter.