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    07-10-2011, 04:37 PM
Unhappy Crazy Canter help!

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!
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    07-10-2011, 05:05 PM
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Sounds like he needs to learn how to be rated. Have you heard of the check and release method? The first step would be making sure he'll vary his speed at a trot for you. Work with him at asking for a working trot (which is what he most likely uses at this point) then gradually speedin up (don't allow him to break into a canter, just speed up his trot) and after a few paces, slow to a working trot again. Also try slowing him to a very soft, slow trot. Do this by very slightly pulling at the reins in and sitting deep in the saddle. The moment he seems to slow, even a tiny bit, release the pressure. Do again as necessary until he is going at the speed you want him to. If he attempts to go faster, once again pull back and release. Once he masters that idea, try it with a canter. Sitting as deep as possibly and keeping your hands soft and unexciting will help a lot, and using the check and release method will remind him of what you want.

It generally just takes time for a young horse to learn what 'canter' means. Its not full out galloping down the rail with your rider clinging to your back! Be patient and gentle. He'll get it =]
    07-10-2011, 05:45 PM
Thanks so much for the help I will try, and suggestions for leads?
    07-10-2011, 07:01 PM
You shouldn't make a huge deal when he get the wrong lead. It takes a while for young/green horses to get there leads right. Try cutting the corners off in the area for more room to get him butt of the rail and put a lot of leg into him! Hoped this help!
    07-10-2011, 07:56 PM
For getting the right lead, I find if you raise your inside rein slightly when you ask for the canter, usually helps. Also only ask for canter when in a corner of the arena that way he should naturally pick up the correct lead. :)
    07-11-2011, 03:58 PM
I agree with picking up the canter in the corner at first to get the right lead but eventually he will have to learn to pick up the canter along the rail or wherever you ask and be on the right lead. Start by asking in a corner (or a roundpen works great for this too). Pick your inside hand up slightly bending his nose to the inside, slide your outside leg back just behind the girth and your inside leg on the girth, sit and push with your hips while squeezing with your legs. If he picks up the wrong lead bring him back down and try it again. Eventually he will learn the cues and by bringing your outside leg back and tipping his head you will be able to get the right lead no matter where you are in the arena.
    07-12-2011, 02:21 PM
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.
    07-24-2011, 10:32 PM
I also need some major help with leads on his 1 side no matter what he can't pick them up :(

canter, crazy, fast, leads, uncontrollable

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