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post #1 of 22 Old 10-11-2013, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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The mare I am know riding has a really fast trot. I can get her back to a good working trot but then as soon as I give her any sign to speed up or slow down. She will goes back to the fast. Trot or she goes to a stop. I can only ride 2 times a week and she out of shape. She is a Canadian. So she is bigger in bliad but she is about 14.2 hh. Also the owner want her to be ride by a newer ride that would be less then 100lb
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post #2 of 22 Old 10-11-2013, 04:25 PM
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Lots of circles, small circles, figure 8's and trotting poles, also star pattern poles fairly tight. When you have them thinking about changing direction, obstacles and the like, they get their minds off rushing.
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post #3 of 22 Old 10-11-2013, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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I can't really do small circle because the last rider that rode her would just do that then it would just make it worse. And she is really out of shape so every 10 min of riding at a trot I have to slow her down to a walk
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If that makes it worse then the old rider didn't do it right. Half halts, ground poles, and keep her guessing. Also, ten straight minutes of trotting?! If she is that out of shape she needs to be brought back slowly.
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Little bit more sometime but as soon as you work her longer she breath harder

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post #6 of 22 Old 10-11-2013, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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She is a great horse and I will do some of thing that are on here.
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post #7 of 22 Old 10-21-2013, 06:20 PM
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lots of circles to slow them down.. In my experience, horses are minimalists at heart. If she wants to trot fast...make that really hard for her. Small circles, serpentines, back her up when she starts going too fast... all those types of excersizes slow her down and when it is too hard to do them really fast she will likely decide that you have convinced her that it is easier to do it slower.

Try your best to make the right things easy and the wrong things hard.
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sorry, but I don't understand this:

Also the owner want her to be ride by a newer ride that would be less then 100lb
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post #9 of 22 Old 10-21-2013, 10:38 PM
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Check out Clinton Anderson and the cruising method you can find it on youtube. It really works for horses that like to go fast all the time. It worked for my horses and I have had a couple of crazies. :)
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post #10 of 22 Old 10-21-2013, 11:10 PM
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@tinyliny : what I'm guessing is that the horse's owner wants the horse to be ridden by another rider that's barely 100 pounds and maybe not strong enough to control the horse, so Girl girly is quite a bit worried that it will have a negative effect on both the horse and new rider. (@Girl girly did I get it? )

Yes, try doing basic dressage patterns to keep her mind working. Try not to ride her around and around sticking to the arena fence. That will just be very boring for your mount and may make her stressed out. I had almost the exact same problem with my Haflinger! Still have it, sometimes. What got her to slow down was just varying the activities. Do you have trails or safe roads around where your property is? Take a friend or invite someone from the barn out for a short ride and see if she still trots fast outside the arena.
Also, the pressures in the arena may make some horses act differently. At my old barn the big indoor made it horrible to ride my pony because she would just run through me and it got dangerous. I recently went back for a show and schooling was in the indoor: outdoor for morning schooling went great, show started, I took her to the indoor before my class and she was doing the same thing she did the year before. But outside? Perfectly fine. Your mare could be claustrophobic or feel threatened in the big arena.
Make her mentally sound! ;)

For getting her in shape: walk her up and down hills. Then trot her up the hill and walk her down. Get creative! Have a game day and invite some barn friends!

Odd how we can wake up in five seconds at 3:30 for a horse show, yet barely be able to drag ourselves out of bed when we get up for school/work between 5 and 7!
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