Is she fighting and trying to pull the reins out of your hands? Or is she just fast?
She doesnt try to pull the reins out of my hands, just the typical you grab hold and so do they. What I usually do with the OTTBs first learning to canter to completely drop their mouth and they learn to balance themselves and they stay slow because there is nothing for them to pull on. The problem with her is that if I drop her mouth she wants to buck. I guess I could go back to putting her martingale on her as the e-brake like in the beginning but she needs to learn to stop from the bit at the canter and she has made incredible progress at the walk and trot. Its like everything goes out the window at the canter though. She will walk and trot beautifully then I ask her to canter and she rips around until I can finally get enough circles worked in to stop her and then she will trot around like an angel again.
And what kind of bit do you use ?
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I had a singled jointed rubber snaffle on her until this head problem started and then I changed to a fat french link loose ring but there is no difference.
this horse needs to be taken back to basics and a foundation built. A foundationis built by helping the horse learn how to balance and use her "ring of Muscles." Cantering is the LAST thing you should even be considering.
Take her back to the trot. Work on circles, spiral in and back out (and look to the center of the circle to keep the radius constant and the circle round.. and the rate at which you spiral in and out constant). Serpentines. Transitions both IN the gait and BETWEEN gaits. You want her to go from walk to trot in a balanced manner... and from the trot to the walk in a balanced manner.
She needs to be worked and taught to extend and contract.. like a spring.. and to work off her hind quarters.
Horses show resistance for two reasons.
1.) they are in pain
2.) they are not balanced because they lack a foundation.
Most fall into the second category.
Take your horse back to the trot and the walk. Get out some Caveletti and teach her to trot over those. When she can do that with them at her normal stride, place them a little higher OR a little wider. One helps her to build her ring of muscles and the other teaches her how to lengthen her stride.
Spend at least 6 months on this foundation. When she will transition from a trot to a walk and do it lightly and balanced.. and when she will readily halt in a balanced manner from the trot and the walk.. and ONLY then.. try the canter.
Remember to work those circles in BOTH directions.. if she is more right handed, you may need to work counter clockwise circles more.
Get a spotter to help you know if she is tracking up better in one direction that the other.. and if she is allowing her hind quarters to drift off the circle in one direction, increse the diameter of circles in that direction until she is more supple and balanced.
Teach her to accept your leg on her and use your leg to support her as well as to push her forward.
I do a lot of transitions as well as circles and serpentines and cavaletties and small cross rails. She is definitely building muscle but she still has a way to go before she can truly use her hind end correctly all the time. I am not expecting her to be able to canter correctly or even pick up the correct lead (which is why I have been focusing on cantering to right since that is the lead she always picks up). I just want to be able to be able to stop her once she is cantering. About 2 weeks ago we had some really nice canters, going about twice around the ring on a loose rein and no bucking and slowing down when I asked her to. The past week though she picks up the canter and immediately speeds up and wont slow down or stop until I get her turned into a very tiny circle while trying to avoid running into the jumps.
I have been working on all the things that you said and she has been doing them. I am sure not to the extent that most dressage people want but she is going to be a hunter not a dressage horse. She does transitions a lot more balanced than a lot of warmblood hunters that I have ridden that win at the 'A' shows in the hunters.
a lot of poles and cavaletti with her as well as a lot of transitions and circles in both directions.
From my experience with TBs, raced or not, you can't drill them on something until they are perfect. You are better off allowing them to do something else and then coming back to it and it will be worlds better. She is not completely perfect at everything at the walk and trot yet however I feel like she is more than competent to canter a few strides while working on the walk and trot. My personal opinion is that with warmbloods you can drill them on things but with TBs you will make more progress and everyone involved will be less frustrated if you allow them to do a few new things before the old things are perfected.
As far as taking her back to basics, that is what I am doing. I work on all of the above things 98% of the time I am riding her and most days I don't even try to canter. However, I feel that right now she is ready to start a little bit of canter so I was looking for some advice on stopping her a little better or if just cantering on a medium size circle until she can stay slow is my best bet.