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post #1 of 2 Old 08-14-2012, 12:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question Horse's Canter is Too Quick

My horse has an issue with giving a nice budum...budum... canter that is desired in the hunter show ring. He usually rushes his canter (sort of like a hand gallop). I have tried half halts, transitions, etc.; however, none of this really seems to works him up more than anything. He also seems very sensitive with any bit contact at all (this might be due to his history as an x-barrel racer...runs more with bit contact). How can I fix this? Any tips are greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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post #2 of 2 Old 08-14-2012, 05:07 AM
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ST did this the first few rides. I put her in a snaffle (was in a rope nose hack) and kept light contact and let her just go at her pace and get herself all balanced out until I tried spring any circles or collecting it up at all. After about 4 rides I dropped the contact and she stayed mainly collected up and steadied out her canter to a bit slower, but still wasn't great at shows on staying slow. I'm training her for barrels and can walk/trot without having to check her, but she's not ready to give me a full run, which I understand and haven't asked for. In barrels, if he was trained correctly, contact does NOT mean speed up. I might go back to large circles in the round pen (or arena if he stays in circles great) and just work on seeing what gets him to comfortably slow down to a canter and see where to go from there, assumably into the arena to do laps around at the canter instead of the hand gallop you mentioned.
Good luck, but I generally haven't had to slow any horses aside from ST down, and that's what worked with me. As they get more balanced, they'll be able to slow down more than a horse who speeds up to try and gain balance (what ST originally did).
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