Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Southwest Missouri
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.