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  • I am training a horse and she doesnt know how to canter

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    08-12-2013, 07:52 PM
  #11
Weanling
I am retraining my OTSTB and we have worked out the canter.. do you have access to and decent hills? If you do try cantering up them
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    08-13-2013, 12:01 AM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by donovan    
I am retraining my OTSTB and we have worked out the canter.. do you have access to and decent hills? If you do try cantering up them

Lol. I forgot about doing that. I used to canter up a hill now and then just to give myself a break and to feel that a particular horse actually could canter nicely.

I wouldn't depend on it too much.
     
    08-13-2013, 05:36 AM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by donovan    
I am retraining my OTSTB and we have worked out the canter.. do you have access to and decent hills? If you do try cantering up them
Yes I do, I'll try that out. Thanks!
     
    08-13-2013, 09:27 AM
  #14
Started
Day off and it's raining. Big STB fan here. Probably the most underrated breed we have.

You have to start someplace and with a STB that's a good place to start. One that is off the track has already been extensively handled. Most Standardbreds are owned and raced by small farms, often a family deal. They are used to being groomed and tacked up and handled by people who aren't horse professionals. All the usual safety caveats apply because it is still a big animal.
Some are hot. Most aren't. More often than not when being backed for the first time they will turn and check out what your wearing for shoes. They don't care about saddles. Just another bit of stuff a human dumps on them.

The Amish love to buy them as buggy horses because they are already trained to cover a lot of ground and don't spook easily because of all the training at the track.

The others are right about the hills. Easier for them to break into a canter taking a hill.
It has been ingrained into them not to canter from an early age. You now have to un-teach a habit. The muscles and coordination aren't going to be there. Don't over do it and make him sore.

If those hills are out on trails take another person on an experienced "old faithful" type horse. You don't want 2 green horses panicking should something go wrong. The inexperienced horse will take cues from the more experienced animal.

Wear you helmet. Big danger with a lot of STB's is they are so laid back from the start that you get lulled into complacency. Something can still freak them out or they could suddenly develop their own opinion about doing something. Stay alert. It's still a green horse that was trained for speed even if it was turbo trot.

Be firm. Be fair. Be consistent.
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    08-13-2013, 09:51 AM
  #15
Started
Why you have to "win" every time with a horse.

Very good thread for you to read.
     
    10-01-2013, 09:07 PM
  #16
Foal
UPDATE:
He is getting the hang of it! I wasn't the one who saddle trained him; I'm educating him. The owner lunged him and broke him in. She then gave him to me once she felt that I was experienced enough.

I took him around a slight corner at a trot(attempting to canter) and he switched to a canter! We kept going for about 20 strides and I praised him A LOT.

He is going extremely well and I'm going to update how it turns out. :)
     
    10-01-2013, 09:19 PM
  #17
Weanling
I'm working on this same thing right now! One trotter and one pacer.

If there are other horses around that can canter try going uphill with them. That seems to help sometimes...
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    12-07-2013, 06:06 PM
  #18
Foal
UPDATE:
JayJay is coming along excellently now. All of your tips really helped us and especially the ones that were about STBs. :)


The video is from last week and he did a couple strides of a canter too! :) He'll get there and I'll try and keep you guys updated. ;)
     
    12-14-2013, 06:46 AM
  #19
Foal
Yeah, I have tried doing hills with him but he just doesn't like them. Corners though, are a whole different story! He switches right on the corner and he is getting more and more confident with it. Haha, he is going great and is cantering after jumps now!

I'm insanely proud of him right now and I'm seeing him tomorrow so I'll get you some photos/videos!
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    12-14-2013, 11:21 AM
  #20
Green Broke
He's a cutie. Glad you're having fun with him.

Watching him, I felt like he was out jogging in the morning on the track. He still holds his head like he's wearing an overcheck. Lol Just a matter of musculature. It didn't take much to picture you behind him in a jog cart.

Watching the video, I really think some time out of the arena would help. Any chance that someone can take him on trails? Miles and miles of trails?

I know you didn't ask for suggestions, and it's nothing to me if you try mine or not, I just think it would help your guy move better.
     

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