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post #1 of 6 Old 10-30-2013, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Off Track Standardbred trot problems

Wondering if anyone has experience in OTSBs. Not sure how relevant his trotting past is but the problem I am having is that my boy is breaking from trot into canter when I'm asking him to slow down or stop.

I'm wondering if a) im giving the cue wrong b) he doesnt know what the cue means or c) he's just excited and wants to run.

So basically what I do is stop posting the trot, sit deep, tell him "whoa" and then finally gently back on the reins. Whats happening is that the moment I stop posting he breaks into a canter. Then I have to pull him up fairly hard on the reins to stop him. Its all a bit messy!

My trainer is saying "circle him when he goes to take off" which I agree is probably better than fighting him on the reins.
I'm just thinking this might actually be rider error not horse naughtiness! so its no good circling him if I'm actually cueing him to canter.

We are just up to trot/canter with this horse so its a work in progress.

Any input gratefully accepted!
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-30-2013, 10:14 PM
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My mare will canter, if I stop posting and push with my seat. You may be pushing your seat forward or rolling your hips telling him to pick it up.
Try a really big exhale when you ask him to come down, and be careful about not applying to much leg to him
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Thanks Lexiie, that is what Im thinking, Im giving the wrong cue with my seat.
So really I'm saying "canter" "why are you cantering? stop that!"
Lucky he's a patient horse!
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post #4 of 6 Old 10-31-2013, 08:53 AM
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Hi and welcome to the wonderful world of standardbreds! I would guess that you are squeezing with your legs when you sit and thus cuing him into a canter. I would try posting very slowly or posting into the walk, just to see if its him or you. The other thing that might work is using a voice command like whoa or walk or easy. As harness horses on the track the driver would often give voice commands so that might help you two bridge the gap.
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On the track the more the driver pulls, the faster the horse goes. This may be his problem. Try releasing the reins instead.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-31-2013, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Rookie, Yep I'm very happy with my Standie, I cant believe how SMART he is. He keeps opening gates and taking my TB for walks!

I didn't know they use voice control on the track, I did notice he listens a lot when we're riding, always the one ear back at me.

Saddlebag you are spot on, as soon as I pick up the reins he speeds up. I have got to get out of the bad habit : pull back on reins to stop horse.

Righto, so its 1. release the reins
2. Slow down the posting
3. verbal "woah" or "steady"
4. sit down, exhale and make sure no leg on.

Cheers guys, I will give this a go today!
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