I know what you mean about racing around. Zooming might be good word for it, zipping. It is the horse falling forward and needing to go faster to find their balance. It is hard for a rider to stay balanced on, ,usually choppy and you end up leaning forward, which only promotes the gait.
You will be looking for a forward motion that feels more like acceleration. In the most extreme, you would actually feel a tiny bit of extra "G" force as the horse lifts the front and surges forward. Like bundling up the muscles and surging over a jump, or collecting to canter up a hill. The first few steps are accelerating, and they come from the rear legs pushing.
YOu will probably only be able to get her to pick up her head, leap forward and find the bit and STAY there for a few steps and then it will all fall apart. In the beginning, if you feel her meet the bit and stay with you for three or four steps, so that's pretty good. Time to reward. Take your inside hand forward , like 8 inches forward, on her neck and pat her and "Good Girl" and let her reach forward or down or whatever, you are rewarding her. YOu do this over and over, and over time you can have her stay in the correct place for longer periods of time. If you can, let her out of the working frame BEFORE she falls apart if you can. And don't over do it in the beginning. Occasionally go back to letting her run with her head down and you trotting along and on the buckle of your reins.
Once she accpets contact with her head either up or down, you will eventually start practising the extension and collection of the horse longitudinally. You'll go along, ask her with a little tickle of the rein to strethc forward and this time you'll follow her down with the rein, just barely on contact or loose if you prefer. Let her go a few steps and feel the nice long loose steps, and then pick up the reins and slowly (IN RYTHM) ask her to collect up and push into the bit, and then back down again. You wont be able to do this very well until she starts accepting the bit, but it is a very valuable exersize.
I know some people say that when the horse tries to put their head way down that you lower your hands and fiddle with the reins until you get them onto the bit and then raise their head. I don't agree. If you fiddle too much with the riens when the head is down, you build in a backward, behind the bit mentality. It is better to drive forward with the front door open a bit and then when the head is up and the energy engaged, then start the process of taking more contact.
in the words of the wicked witch of the West," THese things have to be done delicately"
Last edited by tinyliny; 01-07-2011 at 12:53 AM.