Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
I'd say not to lounge him, it wears on the legs a lot, especially with all circles you do in the riding.. besides, "wearing them out'' before riding just gives him more strenth and energy next time.
When he runs off, take him back down, gently but firmly. Don't yank or pull the reins, but sit back, hold on with your legs, let your body say ''don't move me arund!" (i.e. get stiff and unyielding o his movements) and keep the rein steady and unyieding as wekll, without pulling. Tal to him. As soon as he slows down, praise and relax again, making it comfy for himself to go slow. Stop him completely once in a while and keep him from going, with as small means as possible, untill he stands still.
Making circles all the time wears a lot on the legs, and doesn't really help the problem; you want him to stop at your seat, not to learn how to spin around in circles. I've also noticed that many horses just gets stressed in the circle and keeps ewalking faster, not understanding that they should stop.
One rein stops are good to know, but a bit too harsh in this situation, I'd say.
If nothing else works, have a leader holding him in a rope. You steer and tells him to stop, but if he doesn't listen, the leader makes it clear for him, and then you praise him for listening.. that way he'll soon get the point.
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.