Originally Posted by Foxhunter
It is not a matter of her speeding up to get home but, to make her walk faster going outward bound.
In my situation it is because of a mistake I have made in the pass. A lot of my training of horses the final product is to be able to control them for speed racking classes. I use to make them stop and then have them do circles, both ways or turn them back the other way. Part of my training is that when a horse speeds up a long beside them they can't go faster until I give them their cue. I would correct them by what I just mention if they speeded up the slightest bit. Then when it was time for their speed racking training some would speed up and if I put any type of correction on them they would stop and start flexing or slowed down preparing for the next step. Now, I don't want that type of behavior from my horses. I have learned that if a horse tries to speed up and I make him go faster and he realizes its my idea and we go pass the spot where he is trying to get then he still sees me as in control. He tires quicker and he doesn't act up as much and I don't have to retrain him from my mistakes I used to make. I really think this works even better and faster than the other way. They soon learn that they will only speed up when I ask them too. I have been doing his for several years now with a lot of horses. My husband taught me this and he has been training for many, many years and is very good at it. I was afraid to do it this way at first but now it is part of my training too. It has worked for us.....We maybe just lucky