Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
If you can do it without being scared or nervous, and have the chance; give the signal for canter and let her run untill she's tired, praising her and don't slow her down. When she breaks of, start cantering again, praise her a lot, and then take her down after a few leaps. Praise even more. You can do it a few times (asking for canter and almost immediatly break up, with a lot of praise) with some trot or walk between and she'll learn it's good to stop too. After that first, long run, decde to stop her after x amount of leaps and focus on that, change the amount each time untill she learns to wait for your signal and pay attention to you. Always praise both in the start of the canter and when she slows down, but not in the middle of it.
When you low down, take gently in the reins, give and take (but don't give completely before she slows down, she's not supposed to be rewarded, just avoiding to get used to a constant pull), sit down and calmly thnk that she'll break of to trot.
If it doesn't help to let her run herself tired once, don't try it again. If it becomes a habit to do so each time you ride, your problem will be worse. But do it once, with a good warm up, and I think it can help, actually, It sounds like she just wants to please you, not to cause trouble.
When you ride, avoid starting canter on the same places.
When she's walking, make sure she walks calmly, sometimesit helps if she has to focus on something else; start moving her hindquarter to the sides or something, make a leg yield over the road, give her something to focus on. :)
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.
Last edited by Zab; 11-06-2008 at 03:08 PM.