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post #1 of 10 Old 05-04-2011, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy how do I train a horse to slow trott

I have a 4yr old I have been on her for 1 1/2 years. She is smart but very dominate. Her trott is so rough I can hardly post longer than 50 strides and she will speed up or do a fast turn or slow down all of a sudden. I have been trotting for 2 to 3 hours 4 times a week and her trott doesn't get any better (I think it is getting worse). I though if we trotted enough it would fix itself as with other horses I've owned. I mostley use Clinton Anderson's method and I love the results but I have not seen him address this topic other then trott more!!!

ant advise would be good
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-04-2011, 07:31 PM
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After re-training three OTTBs, I have to say it's all in the posting and consistency. Your posting gives energy to the horse. Horses don't like to be out of sync with your body; they will usually conform to your pace if you know what you're doing. Molly, for example, will always try to stretch the speed I've given her, to test if my mind is set, and she gives up on speeding up when she realizes that I'm not going to give her a faster tempo or more energy from my seat.

Consistency is also key. You have to ask for a slow trot every time you ride--you can't just let your horse trot super-fast every time you ride and then ask for him to cut his tempo in half the day before a show. If you ask for your horse to slow down a little each time, without introducing something completely new and expecting him to catch on, he should start to really respect your seat.

As with trotting all depends on the horse. Some horses think of more exercise as work and punishment, others thoroughly enjoy it and see it as a reward.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-04-2011, 07:55 PM
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I'm interested in this question regarding a western pleasure jog, where no posting is necessary...
My old western pleasure horse was just wonderful. I would just lift my hand slightly and say "easy" and he would slow down to a trot that was nearly the same speed as his walking pace.
I'm interested in how I can actually train my new horse to do this. He already knows cues to slow his trot down, but I'm talking reallyyyy slooowwwww.... :)
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-04-2011, 10:09 PM
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Ask for the trot, let them go for 3 or 4 strides, stop them, back them up and hold them there for a moment until they relax and drop their head to where you want it. Ask for the trot and repeat over and over and over. Soon, they will begin to look for the stop and that will put a bit of hesitation in their stride, slow it down, and give it cadence. Once you can feel them trotting 'with their brakes on', then you can start going for longer and longer stretches without a stop. Once they get the general idea, I normally only stop and back up when they do something I don't like (speed up or raise their head too high, etc). This will also help to solidify a quick and hard stop and get them working and stopping on their hind end.

This method is not effective for English horses though as it will cause them to stop tracking up. This is a way to achieve a more WP type movement with the short, easy strides.

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post #5 of 10 Old 05-04-2011, 10:17 PM
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one two release. tug or bump the reins. make her respect the bit. bump twice, maybe a few extra if she isn't catching on and then release. every time she picks up speed, do it again. she should know that THIS is the speed you want her to stay at.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-04-2011, 10:19 PM
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it works GREAT with my gelding. He has a habit of running through obsticles and spedding up without me asking. I tug on the reins twice and release and he slows down. it's tell him him "i want you to slow down, not stop"
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-05-2011, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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Question Club Foot

I forgot to mention that my mare has a club foot. Does this have to do with her rough trott?. I had a mustang with a club foot and it didn't effect her at all but it was not as bad as my 4 yr old mare. I have to keep her heel low all the time.
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post #8 of 10 Old 05-05-2011, 10:34 AM
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This is a situation I'm well versed in with my QH mare. I had access to a smallish arena an a local boarding facility owned by a friend of mine. The size of the arena was about 50ft on two sides and 60 ft on the other two sides. To begin with I had learned from my short stint of Dressage training in using my body/bio-mechanics to cue my horse before using the other cues such as reining and voice cues. The body cues are a matter of slowing down the movement of the body to slow down the horse's forward compulsion. It works, try it. Another thing to experiment with is to go into corners by using only the upper torso of your body to turn into a corner then straighten the torso on the straight away to the next corner.

At the beginning of schooling my Candandy she would careen around that arena at a very fast trot. Then as I schooled her more we reached a very fine cadenced trot which she would maintain for as long as I asked her to do. However, on some of our Benefit Trail Rides I would let her pick gait she wanted to travel, guess what, she trotted for miles as I rode western, so I posted, 2-pointed and sat the trot for miles, but I'll never forget the joy and love of it all.
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I have the same problem with my horse at the canter. Scratch that, she only knows how to gallop. She hates slowing down.

But what's been helping her is lots of circles. I cantered her around in a circle for a few minutes both ways and she is already starting to slow down. By cantering her in a circle she is forced to use her energy more effectively instead of just flat out galloping. It helps her collect and now she realizes she can slow down if I keep her straight as well. But since the trot is a very different move than a canter, it may not work in the same way. Couldn't hurt to try, though! And make sure the circles are fairly tight.

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-05-2011, 06:11 PM
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Is this always in an arena setting? If so she's likely ring sour. Much training can be done on trail rides and far more enjoyable for the horse.
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