Originally Posted by Pinto
So… am I doing something wrong? Is there a big scary monster lurking in the trees that only he can see?
Also, I didn’t think I would ever have to say this about a horse but… how do I make his walk slower
Well as far as the spooking I would keep walking him back and forth through that spot until he realizes "oh nothing is going to kill me". And if he's too dangerous I would get off right before the spooky spot and walk him trough it. Whatever you do your goal is to WALK him trough it, without him refusing, or spooking. But as soon as he's good walking through it, get back on his back and ride him through it. --- Maybe he's not spooking but if it's the part before you head home, maybe he's anxious/excited or is tired of working?
If he starts to get faster when you are on your way home you need to MAKE him walk by breaking him down. If he starts to go too fast, you need to take his head and bend him around. It might take 100+ times for him to realize that if he starts to speed up you're going to make him bend, or it might take 5. Alot of the work you need to do to make him understand that you want him to go slower can be done in the arena. But then again if it's his first time on the trails in awhile, it's normal for horses to act the way he has.
I remember when my trainer got a horse that would always speed up when on the way back to the barn and he told me, "go ahead, i'll catch up to you in a few", he was out there for a good two hours, just breaking the horse down.
It also adds up to miles, lots and lots of miles.