Help staying in the canter... - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 16 Old 08-09-2008, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains...
Posts: 752
• Horses: 9
Help staying in the canter...

My shetland gelding is really lazy. At first, he would not canter! I had to go buy a crop. But we have fixed the issue with lunging, but now I cannot keep him in a canter. He will for a while, but then he slows to a trot, excpecially when I have him turn. I also have this problem with trotting, though it is not as bad. Also, when he canters, its a really fast canter. When I ask him to slow it down, he trots or just stops.
Any tips would be nice, wether it is me or the horse :/
girl_on_black_pony is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 Old 08-09-2008, 08:04 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: South Wales
Posts: 1,128
• Horses: 0
School horses have a big tendency to break out of canter. My instructors have me really try and ride it with my body (not so good at that yet), keep my leg on and keep kicking to maintain the canter, and to use my crop or whip to keep him going. I've managed to go from just getting round the end of the arena to keeping up a canter until I ask him to change to a trot. It's a case of reinforcing the keep-going-this-way aids and making sure you only allow downward transitions when you ask for them.

The horse I'm riding also tries to slow a lot when we turn, so my instructor has me put lots of circles in while I make him maintain his pace. I know people use circles to slow horses down when training them, but in this case it's using a circle and aids to keep him moving forwards just to remind him that turning =/= slowing.

No idea about how to slow the gaits, sorry. I spend all my time trying to make them go faster!

If you believe everything you read, better not read.
Japanese Proverb
claireauriga is offline  
post #3 of 16 Old 08-10-2008, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains...
Posts: 752
• Horses: 9
haha, anyone else?
girl_on_black_pony is offline  
post #4 of 16 Old 08-10-2008, 06:12 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Alliance, Ohio
Posts: 1,500
• Horses: 1
When you ask him to slow down, squeeze with your legs to show that he needs to keep going at that gait, just a little slower...

"Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness."
Harlee rides horses is offline  
post #5 of 16 Old 08-10-2008, 07:35 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 241
• Horses: 0
Just really push smack with a whip as soon as he ignores your first aid. If he comes back to trot, steady him push him back into canter and don't stop cantering him until you CLEARLY ask him to trot...

You'll learn to feel if he's about to break gait, and as soon as you can feel he's about to, smack with the whip
jeddah31 is offline  
post #6 of 16 Old 08-10-2008, 11:11 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 579
• Horses: 1
^YA!! nothin like forceful motivation!!! :P

I love my horse. She is the wind beneath my wings.

John 3:16 (READ THIS PLEASE!)
Brandon is offline  
post #7 of 16 Old 08-11-2008, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains...
Posts: 752
• Horses: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brandon
^YA!! nothin like forceful motivation!!! :P
Yeah, I think I'll lunge him like that too.
girl_on_black_pony is offline  
post #8 of 16 Old 08-11-2008, 05:27 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hawthorne, FL
Posts: 852
• Horses: 2
have you tried spurs. I use tom thumb spurs on my TB cuz he can get really really lazy when we're doing the flat, i just ask him a little more with those and he seems more responsive, by no means do i say kick the crap out of him or anything just try them and move ur heel up and down while pushing in a bit and it's kind of like tickling them and they'll usually stay in the pace ur asking if not keep moving ur heel up and down.

most horses learn pretty fast and they only cost like $15.

"The horse you get off is not the same as the horse you got on; it is your job as a rider to ensure that as often as possible the change is for the better."
FoxyRoxy1507 is offline  
post #9 of 16 Old 08-11-2008, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains...
Posts: 752
• Horses: 9
I guess I could try that. Im just afraid to hurt the horse. I have no experience with them :/
girl_on_black_pony is offline  
post #10 of 16 Old 08-12-2008, 05:17 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: South Wales
Posts: 1,128
• Horses: 0
If you're worried about using spurs incorrectly, don't use them. Try reinforcing your aids with a really hard whack of the crop first.

I'm a weakling, so my instructor has me turn the crop the other way in my hand (so it sticks up past my thumb from my fist) and then I can give a much harder whack. One that doesn't feel like a fly landing!

If you're not riding alone, get someone to run along the inside, a few metres in and behind from the horse's bum (nowhere within kicking range) with a lunge whip. The crack of that whip will help reinforce the 'go go go' aids.

If you believe everything you read, better not read.
Japanese Proverb
claireauriga is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome