Cause my horse definitely reminds me of it.
I've had my horse 1 month. Before I got him, he hadn't been ridden in a good year. I've had a lesson with my trainer (only one so far, my work schedule has been crazy!) and we established that he is very out of shape and so I've stuck to walk/trot work so far. We've worked out the little issues in those gaits that I've found and he's getting everything down.
I'm looking to move on to working on the canter. My problem is my trainer is gone for a few weeks so I thought I might come here for advice. Every time I attempt the canter (its been about 3 times) he completely runs into it and then has to slow down and/or break gait in the corners. To me, that is just not being in shape and being a little out of balance, right? Which should come with time. He also is strung out like a string bean, poor guy!
One thing I'm asking about is how much should I expect from him in canter? Is it fair to work on solid transitions at this point? How much collection should I ask for? I definitely don't want him to learn to run around strung out, but I don't want to over do him since he is not too fit yet and does not have the proper muscling.
My next concern, my main concern, is about his work AFTER the canter. The last canter work I did, I went around the arena ONE TIME. I had a hard time getting him to transition downwards to the trot. His trot to walk transition is great, a simple sit from posting and he's happily walking. So I started walking him and it was a CONSTANT battle to keep him from trotting. So I put him on a 20m circle and did walk/trot transitions. He was VERY forward and I had to use my spurs to keep his dang shoulder in. When he was walking he'd try to trot, when he was trotting he'd try to canter. It was a mess! Finally I won that battle but it was definitely work. To correct him breaking into a trot from a walk I finally would just stop him, back him a few steps, then continue walking. I would have to do this a good 5x in a row before he was good for a while.
So! Is that a good way to correct the breaking of the walk gait?
What should I do when he tries to canter from the trot? I thought about maybe pushing him on into the gait but I'm afraid because of his lack of fitness he'll learn to canter strung out. OR it just wouldn't work and he'd gogogo. He's the kind of horse that will keep going when he's tired. Should I just bring him back to a walk/halt or maybe just make sure he stays at a good, slow trot?
Sorry if you can't give me much. I know you don't know the horse, me as a rider, etc. But I'd just like something to go off of until my trainer gets back. If you recommend me waiting on my trainer to return to do canter work, you won't offend me! :)
By the way... My horse is an OTTB. I guess that could explain some of the track-like behavior (trot to warm up gallopgallopgallop the done) BUT He's a 10 y/o that has previously been shown in hunters! So I'm thinking that's not a good excuse for him lol
Thanks if you read all that :)