Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Personally I don't think it is saddle fit. The saddle may not fit but I don't think that is causing her to want to rush the canter.
If it were saddle fit, you would see it in the trot which is a much more strenuous gait. She should pin her ears and act up if the saddle is hurting her.
I think it is more a training issue. I would work her slowly doing a lot of transitions and half halts. I'm also a believer in a running martingale for certain situations and use one from time to time as I think I need to. It may work here as well but I also believe that you need to have very fast, light hands for it to be effective and humane otherwise it can be a painful device. I don't recommend it for everyone and as Sonny suggested it can mask the problem but I believe only if you are misinterpreting it.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
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