Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oxford, Nova Scotia
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Another suggestion; whenever he gets going faster than you asked for, stop him and back him up a few steps. I found this worked with my grumpy mare. I think that backing up is not a comfortable or natural movement. In a pinch a horse will always go forward then swerve to change direction when they are upset or frightened or angry. So if you make him/her back up, its like you are saying "if you do (whatever?), I will ask you to do something you don't like to do. And do it very matter of factly, no anger, no frusteration, just a case of "I'm asking for a different movement". Keep doing this the minute they get going, and most horses will slow down because they are now focused on you and they aren't sure what you are going to ask for next.
I saw a dog-trainer use this method once on tv too, in the case of dogs that try to drag you down the street. The minute Mutty got to pulling, he would just turn around and change direction and continue to walk on.