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post #1 of 16 Old 12-24-2011, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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Retraining the standardbred

Does anyone out there know how to retrain an ex-pacer? My mare no longer paces 24/7 but she often offers a canter instead of a trot, even though she has a lovely trot. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks.
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Does anyone out there know how to retrain an ex-pacer? My mare no longer paces 24/7 but she often offers a canter instead of a trot, even though she has a lovely trot. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks.
When she does this it is often because she is a bit confused about what you want her to do, if she canters instead of a trot pull her back to a walk and ask again, this may take a while but as soon as she offers a trot praise her lots and lots!
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Not necessarily a pacing issues, just confused, your aid wasn't strong and clear enough, or she;s excited

Just change direction, leg on, and ask "trot, trot, trot" and when she goes back to trotting reward and praise. Keep changing and asking until she stops trying to canter. If she is IN Canter instead of doing the half canter/half trot, ask for the trot, reward and continue on. always just bring her back and praise, then whenever you ask for a canter be clean and CLEAR.

This may not work for your horse, but it works for mine ;)
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Thanks guys!
Millie (my horse) will not do a half-canter, she does a proper canter except slower than a trot, so slow I can jog beside her. I did a dressage test on her (her first) and even though it had no actual cantering in it, every time I asked for trot she cantered so for the bulk of the test she cantered.
Thanks again for your help, I'm so going to try them.
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I was trying that with my horse today, but every time I pulled her back from a canter to a walk and asked for a trot again, she got really confused and when I asked for a trot, she refused to trot or canter. Help me please! When I ask for a transition, I always make my aids very clear.
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I was trying that with my horse today, but every time I pulled her back from a canter to a walk and asked for a trot again, she got really confused and when I asked for a trot, she refused to trot or canter. Help me please! When I ask for a transition, I always make my aids very clear.
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I had this problem with my girl, how do you ask for a canter and how do you ask for a trot? (only asking as people do this differently) Do you use your voice also? Does she know voice commands for speeds when she is on the lunge? If she is starting to get frustrated like that leave the exercise do something else until she is feeling better and try again.

If she is still confused then you could try this;
When you ask for a trot and she goes into a canter rise to her canter as if you are posting to a trot (feels crazy weird!!) but this will make her slightly uncomfortable and will hopefully make her trot.

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To ask for a trot I squeeze with my legs and use the vocal aid 'trot on'.
To ask for a canter I sit trot, put my outside leg behind the girth and my inside leg on the girth, I wiggle my inside fingers on the reins to encourage her to strike of on the correct lead and a squeeze with both legs and use the vocal aid. 'canter'.
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I wouldn't just pull her back to the walk, just back to the trot and keep asking for the trot. Pulling her back to a walk is like saying every movement was wrong just ask for trot change diretion (if she's cantering left go right) And ask for trot trot trot!

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Savvy debonair- that will teach her she has to canter before a trot and that is not what she needs to be taught.
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