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post #1 of 2 Old 09-12-2010, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Horse would rather canter than trot forward.

My 17yo connemara x tb is great and a bit of a live wire although recently he does a horrible shuffley trot and when asked to go forward he pops into a real slow canter, theit is nothing wrong with him, no soundness issues, saddle back and teeth all fine. I think its behavioral as when i wear spurs or ride him in the field or out hacking he goes lovely its just in our all weather surface arena he is doing this. any advice on how to make him move would be great, especially as winter is on its way and going out and in the fields will be a non option soon
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-12-2010, 07:23 PM
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Breaking into the canter is easier than adding more impulsion in the trot for a horse. Your horse knows that and is probably taking the easy way out. All you can is re-fresh his training a bit. Work transitions within the trot. At first, pick specific places in the ring where you will ask for your transitions so your horse knows what's coming. Most people start by doing medium trot on the short sides and then ask for a lengthening on the long sides. Establish your normal working trot, when you get to the point you picked ask for more trot by adding a little leg and posting with a bit more animation if that makes sense. Initially all you need is a response however bad it may be. The first few times, he will break into canter instead of trotting forward. Calmly bring him back to trot and try again at your next pre-picked point. Trot is all about balance so don't expect more than a few steps of "more trot" the first few times. It's a great exercise, but it takes very clear aids on your part, calmness and patience on your part. When he does give you effort, reward him with a nice pat or rub so he knows it's what you wanted. Good luck.

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