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post #1 of 9 Old 11-07-2009, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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my TB's too strung out help!!

I am 5,3 and i ride a 16.3hh TB he is solid and strong, and he knows it. I know how to half halt. But what are some good exersizes to train him to become more 'together'. He is very strung out and this is what is keeping us from moving up the grades in dressage. his walk is alright. his trot can be nice and together but his canter he is naturally strung out. advice needed!!
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-07-2009, 04:43 PM
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I used to have a similar problem. I used to have to lunge him before every ride to get all his jellybeans out - it worked, though it was a pain.
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When you ask for the canter, does he throw his head up, speed up and get very heavy on the forehand? If so, he's just not balanced. Ironically the secret to a good canter is a good trot. Trotting helps with balance more than any other gait.

I find doing a lot of trot canter transitions, we're talking every 8 strides or so, to get him more engaged and listening to the rider, help get them off the forhand. That will also help if he's just being a butt head and getting strong at the canter instead of doing what you want.
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-07-2009, 06:16 PM
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figure 8's cerpentines and transitions all help me out. i got that book 101 areana exercises, they have alot of things like that you can do.
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-07-2009, 06:35 PM
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Small circles
And doing lots of transitions


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post #6 of 9 Old 11-07-2009, 11:46 PM
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I have a similar problem with my horse that I'm working on so do lots of transitions, circles and serpentines to make him become more round, supple, and focused on you. What I like to do is make sure my horses walk is forward and on the aids before starting to trot. Hope this helps!
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-08-2009, 03:38 AM
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I have a big strong 16.3 TB too, taking all of the advice above has gotten us to a really lovely canter almost every time after 2 months of working together, especially focusing on getting a really great trot. If his trot is lousy and I ask for the canter, guaranteed it too will be lousy. I also like to spiral in and out in a circle to find the magical sweet spot where he gets very balanced and rounds up under me although now that we are working better together, we just do this occasionally to fine tune things.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-08-2009, 06:08 PM
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Ooh yeah, Tealamut said the magic words. Spiraling in and out will help you find the "sweet spot" of balance. Once you've got that, you're in great shape to ask for canter.
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to add to what has been said... try to cut the arena in half and use one end. Every time your horse gets strong do a small circle then go back to the big circle(half the arena) and the second he gets strong do another small circle. You may just be doing lots of small circles around the "big circle" but he will get it and eventually slow down.

Hope that makes sense

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