Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hatton Vale, QLD, Australia
I've found that most horses respond to a gave in the reins, a lean forward and a "yah" :) its easy to feel if you get them cantering and slowly let them go while leaning a little forward. You should feel that point where they put their head down a little and speed up. This is a good time ti reinforce some pressure with your legs and that should be enough for them to get the message and go for their life :)
Lukey - while ex-racers can be harder to pull up, they usually arent too bad. If all else fails, try galloping him somewhere where you end up going up a hill at the end and that should give you enough of a slower pace to be able to pull him up by the time you get to the top. Either that or on the beach where you can run him into the water if he gets out of control :)
"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"