She has a habit of trying to gallop instead of canter. I figured I'd wait her out until she got tired of going fast and then encourage the slow. It eventually worked and by the end we had a nice canter.
This has been our routine for the week, every day.
Someone at the barn saw us leaving the ring and my horse breathing hard and has made it her business to tell me that I'm working her too hard, that's a great way to make her lame, and I shouldn't let her run so fast, it's only allowing the behavior and she will never canter slow if I allow it. This person also happens to be the trainer at the barn, although she's not my trainer.
Now I'm confused. Isn't it a GOOD thing to work a horse hard enough that there's a wet saddle blanket and a compliant horse afterward? I've seen many threads here where people say they run their horse for miles, certainly 40 minutes of hard work isn't going to be the end of the world, right?
I think she was taken back by the hard breathing, the horses she ride are never out of breath. I just smiled and thanked her for her opinion, but now I'm wondering if she may be a least a little right. The last thing I want to do is overwork my horse and cause some damage.
Thoughts? How hard do YOU work your horse?