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        12-19-2010, 11:28 PM
      #11
    Foal
    What I do when I am in this situation is pull back lightly until he or she lowers his/her head. (I'm just going to use he haha correct me if I'm wrong) Not sure if you know or not, but when a horse drops his head it releases endorphins and when he lifts it, it releases adrenaline. So if you can lower his head it should help. Also when pulling lightly push a little if he tries to slow down. I'm always in this situation with a certain horse I ride and this always helps.
         
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        12-20-2010, 01:42 AM
      #12
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    Bright Eyes, You gaited horse might find the canter hard to do with a rider aboard, and so is going too fast because he cannot find his balance and is falling forward. I would work on a lot of up and down transitions and not let him him canter on and on and get faster and faster. Also work on hills and backng the horse up hills (just a few steps).

    For slowing the canter you will want to slow your seat and tighten your back and core muscles to hold the horse back . You kind of slow down YOUR riding and the horse matches you. When they do, you relax the muscles in your back and abdomin and let him go forward, YOu would also be closing your hands around the reins at the same time and THINK slow, slow and exhale slowly and bring YOUR energy down.
         
        12-20-2010, 11:26 AM
      #13
    Trained
    Change if direction. Every time a horse starts to speed up and not listen to you and gets in front of you change directions. This works very well for several things but is extremely helpful to regulating speed and keeping the horse in it toes and with you. This is something I do with all my reiners.
         
        12-20-2010, 11:46 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    I'd say transitions, transitions, transitions. They help to get the weight back off the forehand so that the horse isn't unbalanced which will cause it to just speed up. And I try to slow with my seat, almost use your back as a lever without using reins. That again helps to get the weight off the forehand which wil stop them from being unbalanced. No idea if this will work with other horses, but this works with Lottie, who's a bit of a speed demon! Doesn't help that she naturally extends so much either...
         
        12-20-2010, 09:49 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    So, Walk-Gait, Halt-Walk, Walk-Gait, Gait-Halt, Halt-Gait, etc? Once she gets that, factor in a little canter? Forgive the reiteration, but I want to make sure I understand. She's my first green horse, and I don't want to mess her up and make her sour to canter.
    Hills are my love anyway. I'll be doing a lot of that. :)
         
        12-20-2010, 10:31 PM
      #16
    Super Moderator
    I am glad you brought in the issue of not making her sour. That was on my mind too. Just a little canter now and then. If you ride out with someone, you can have them lead and pick up a canter and keep it for just 5 or 6 strides. Your horse following will naturally canter too, but will have only a brief period of time and then back down again.
    Gaited horses are different in the canter. I think they prefer gaiting, don't they?
         
        12-20-2010, 10:41 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    That sounds easy. We can practice on trail rides.

    It depends on the horse. One Walker I ride dislikes to gait, but loves to canter. You have to work hard to keep her gaiting and not western pleasure-esque loping. Usually, though, they seem to like gaiting better.
         

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