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    01-10-2011, 11:35 PM
  #1
Foal
how to slow down a horse

I will be showing my gelding this year english and western, I am going to be doing EP, WP and a few other classes with him but what I am wondering is, my horse can be quite quick, especially at the lope. I can slow his trot down easily but when he is loping he really only knows how to lope fast. I am not looking for the ultra slow WP lope, just some techniques and tips to teach him to slow to a comfortable speed. I have been told to do circles but I can circle him till he's blue in the face before he starts to slow. So it doesn't work. I have tried slowing him with my seat...that gets him to slow down....and break gate, and it takes A LOT of leg to keep him going, then we just get into this awkward movement of "i wanna break gate...but i'm being forced not to" and that obviously won't work. My horse has a lot of stamina as well. Also, and I know this comes as everything else comes together and I know this is probably the most asked questions and I do understand that I need to focus on everything else first but for my reference when I get to this if I am still having problems I am going to ask it now... his head set at the walk is great, at the trot it's good, sometimes it comes up but for the most part it is good. At the lope, his head comes up and stays up. I had it really good last summer but it took a lot of work and then he cut his tongue really bad and started tossing his head so when it was healed and I started riding him again I was still dealing with a head tossing issue so I ignored his head position while I was fixing everything else, any tips, techniques or suggestions to get his head back down to position when i'm ready? Also, I should add, when I show him, the first day or so he is very quiet, slow and head low but after that he settles back into his ways, so I know he is capable but I want to get it a consistent so when that's what I ask for, that's what I get.thanks...sorry it's so long lol
     
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    01-11-2011, 12:02 AM
  #2
Foal
I'm not to experienced in the riding department, but the thing that came to mind right away was half halting and hatling. Get him to focus and listen to you. I know this well because my mare use to just run through me and just pull me around. But the halting and half halting realy work. Also in my lessons when im on the Han/thoroughbred he tends to get away and I have to do alot of halting and half halting.

Hope this helps a little.
     
    01-11-2011, 01:50 AM
  #3
Foal
Cool

One of the geldings I ride has a similar problem...he didn't have any western pleasure training and his previous rider just pushed him for speed, so in both his trot and his lope he would go all out. If I half-halted, even with a ton of leg, he'd still fall out of the gait, or he'd slow down for a couple of strides and take off again. It took a while but I kept working with him on the half halt, and if when he sped up again I'd bring him to a complete halt. Eventually he got that I didn't want him to speed up and he'd stay in the slower gait longer and longer and became more responsive to the half halt. The trick, I found with him anyway, was that I couldn't let him gain speed or I'd lose him for a few minutes. I had to halt of half-halt within the first couple of strides that he tried to speed up.

Hope that helps.
     
    01-11-2011, 02:00 AM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by lyssahorselover    
One of the geldings I ride has a similar problem...he didn't have any western pleasure training and his previous rider just pushed him for speed, so in both his trot and his lope he would go all out. If I half-halted, even with a ton of leg, he'd still fall out of the gait, or he'd slow down for a couple of strides and take off again. It took a while but I kept working with him on the half halt, and if when he sped up again I'd bring him to a complete halt. Eventually he got that I didn't want him to speed up and he'd stay in the slower gait longer and longer and became more responsive to the half halt. The trick, I found with him anyway, was that I couldn't let him gain speed or I'd lose him for a few minutes. I had to halt of half-halt within the first couple of strides that he tried to speed up.

Hope that helps.
ya, that is what chance does too, more often he is breaking gate then speeding up when I do this. Thanks for the advice, when I go out tomorrow I will work with this. Thank you. We still have a few kinks to work out in the next 3 months before our first show of the year since I changed our discipline
     
    01-11-2011, 02:13 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by dashforcache    
more often he is breaking gate then speeding up when I do this.
that would make it a lot more difficult. I can't think of anything else, sounds like what you're doing is perfect; I would think eventually he'll figure out what you're looking for and he'll stay in the gait more naturally when you half halt. Hopefully he figures it out before your show! Good luck.
     
    01-11-2011, 03:08 AM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by lyssahorselover    
that would make it a lot more difficult. I can't think of anything else, sounds like what you're doing is perfect; I would think eventually he'll figure out what you're looking for and he'll stay in the gait more naturally when you half halt. Hopefully he figures it out before your show! Good luck.
haha, ya, hopefully its consistent before then lol. Last year it was kindove hit and miss but then he had to have some time off due to some issues he was having so I couldnt continue with it. Thanks
     
    01-11-2011, 08:21 AM
  #7
Trained
I think the half-halts with leg will eventually work, but I personally add a "verbal" cue with my horses, so that eventually all I have to do is that (one of them it is "shhhhh" very quietly, and the other it is to hum) Both of them have learned very well that when I make that sound they slow.
     
    01-11-2011, 11:41 AM
  #8
Yearling
I did tons of transitions both on the ground and undersaddle to help my mare slow down. I'd get her in a rhythmic/cadenced trot and ask for the lope, I'd let her go a few strides then bring her back to the trot a few, then ask for the lope....back and forth for 10-15 minutes. It wouldn't take her long to figure out something was coming so she learned to wait and listen for a cue change without speeding up the lope.
     
    01-11-2011, 06:03 PM
  #9
Weanling
When you're lunging, you probably use some sort of verbal cue or sound for different gaits. I like to add extra gaits besides walk/trot/canter on the lunge and teach the verbal cue. So I'll do slow walk (I say slow), walk, jog, trot, extended trot (I use a sound cue), lope, canter. When your horse knows the cue really well on the lunge, it is easy to say the word under saddle and they know what it means. To get a slower gait within a gait I first teach a faster gait. So when a horse is loping around I say "canter," and drive them on faster. Then after awhile when they start asking to slow with their body language I let them drop back and say "lope." As soon as they learn that one word is faster and one is slower, you can exaggerate how fast or slow you make them go. They soon learn to love the slower gait which is a break from being driven on faster. They need to be consistent on the lunge though before they will understand the verbal cue under saddle.
     
    01-12-2011, 06:25 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
I think the half-halts with leg will eventually work, but I personally add a "verbal" cue with my horses, so that eventually all I have to do is that (one of them it is "shhhhh" very quietly, and the other it is to hum) Both of them have learned very well that when I make that sound they slow.
I went up yesterday morning and he was extremely well behaved but it was really cold and I didn't have much time so I breezed him through his paces and something I have been working on with him the past few rides is getting him off my legs. I've been working with a guys named doug mills every so often and he gave me an excersise for it and i'm not sure if this had samething to do with it but chance was extremely light off my legs so when I asked for a canter he immediately took it up then I tried the half halt and he did slow a little bit...not a lot but enough that he was still relaxed and I was happy with the progress for now...so, I will stick with that as my "slow" pace till I feel I might be able to get him to slow a little more. And I do use verbal cues but mine is "easy".

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Originally Posted by Sahara    
I did tons of transitions both on the ground and undersaddle to help my mare slow down. I'd get her in a rhythmic/cadenced trot and ask for the lope, I'd let her go a few strides then bring her back to the trot a few, then ask for the lope....back and forth for 10-15 minutes. It wouldn't take her long to figure out something was coming so she learned to wait and listen for a cue change without speeding up the lope.
thank you for this suggestion as well, I really like this one too. I will be incorporating this into our workouts, I think it will be beneficial for more ways then just this.

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Originally Posted by gottatrot    
When you're lunging, you probably use some sort of verbal cue or sound for different gaits. I like to add extra gaits besides walk/trot/canter on the lunge and teach the verbal cue. So I'll do slow walk (I say slow), walk, jog, trot, extended trot (I use a sound cue), lope, canter. When your horse knows the cue really well on the lunge, it is easy to say the word under saddle and they know what it means. To get a slower gait within a gait I first teach a faster gait. So when a horse is loping around I say "canter," and drive them on faster. Then after awhile when they start asking to slow with their body language I let them drop back and say "lope." As soon as they learn that one word is faster and one is slower, you can exaggerate how fast or slow you make them go. They soon learn to love the slower gait which is a break from being driven on faster. They need to be consistent on the lunge though before they will understand the verbal cue under saddle.
I have a question, how did you manage to get your horse to learn the extended trot while lunging...how did you help them figure out that's what you were asking for?as for the making them go faster first then asking to slow down, I tried this with him but didn't really find that it helped all that much for him.thank you for the suggestion.
     

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