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    01-20-2008, 05:55 AM
  #1
Trained
rushing at the canter

I feel pretty stupid asking about this but im having some probs and I've tried a couple of things but so far its not working.

The last few times I have ridden my mare she seems to have become very hard on the mouth. She is well trained in dressage and has always been very very soft. Normally I can get a nice canter out of her that has impulsion but isnt rushed and is always on the bit. But lately she's just been taking off and I have to keep a reasonable pressure on her to stop her from just going like the wind :)

Today for the first time since I've owned her I've been able to do some real flatwork with her as we've moved somewhere where we have an arena. In a slow and medium walk she is perfect. Nice amount if contact and on the bit (until she goes past the scary trailer with the jumps on it lol) in the trot she is also pretty good. Slow and medium trot is great, extended trot she starts to race a little. As soon as I ask her to canter she just forgets all her manners and takes off. I tried half halting her but she ignores me, brings her head up and tries to bring on the speed more.

Today I spent some time bringing her back to a steady collected trot each time she took off but as soon as I would ask for that canter again she would do the same thing. She doesnt even go smoothly into the canter she kinda jumps into it.

If I let her have her head and just wanna go at her speed she is calm and smooth and happy. Could it just be she is full of energy??

She doesnt get any hot feed at all. She gets lucerne chaffe, fibre plus chaffe, rice bran, millrun, sunflower seeds, garlic, mollasses, equilibrium (complete supplement) and pellets for seniors (i find that provides better weight gain than normal pellets) she also gets lucerne hay and rhodes hay. So nothing hot there.

As long as she is trotting and walking she's perfect. We even threw in a lovely half pass today which she did with such control. She doesnt seem sore anywhere eg; legs, back, poll etc

Any ideas? Sorry its so long :)
     
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    01-20-2008, 03:01 PM
  #2
Showing
Hmmm...
Circles!! Lots and lots of circles. Whenever your mare takes off at a fast paced canter, do a 10-m circle, and spiral downwards until you feel her start to come back to you. Just don't get yourself dizzy! Another circle exercise is to circle 20m, then spiral down to 10m, then leg yeild back out to your 20m circle. This should get her thinking about you.
Lots of transitions might help as well. Canter - trot - canter - trot - walk - canter - walk - trot... mix it up :)

One thing that caught my eye is that she's now jumping into the canter, not doing a nice transition.. and that makes me wonder if she's in pain - you might want to check her back and legs to see if something's wrong. Remember, the canter is the only gait that's not symmetrical, so if something is paining a horse, it should be fairly evident in the canter.
     
    01-20-2008, 06:22 PM
  #3
Foal
Hi Jazzyrider,

If you have an arena handy that is enclosed, I would put her on a loose rein in the trot and just canter with you rbody, don't squeeze your legs or ask her, just pretend you are cantering yourself - move your arms if it helps, you may feel weird but its not a permanent thing. You'll find she gets confused at first but soon she'll go "you feel like you're cantering so I'll canter" Because there is no pressure on her she will hopefully canter a few strides and go back to trot. When your body is cantering, make sure to sit up to take the weight off the forehand. I think she is rushing because you are giving confusing signals. If you take all the pressure off her and just think about what your trying to do it will come easier. - Use enclosed arena so if she does take off you can stop.
     
    01-26-2008, 05:56 AM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by avertue
Hi Jazzyrider,

If you have an arena handy that is enclosed, I would put her on a loose rein in the trot and just canter with you rbody, don't squeeze your legs or ask her, just pretend you are cantering yourself - move your arms if it helps, you may feel weird but its not a permanent thing. You'll find she gets confused at first but soon she'll go "you feel like you're cantering so I'll canter" Because there is no pressure on her she will hopefully canter a few strides and go back to trot. When your body is cantering, make sure to sit up to take the weight off the forehand. I think she is rushing because you are giving confusing signals. If you take all the pressure off her and just think about what your trying to do it will come easier. - Use enclosed arena so if she does take off you can stop.
im not sure that my signals are confusing her as im not doing anything different than I used to.

Justdressage - I've checked her everywhere for pain...its the first thing I do when they do something out of the ordinary.

I rode her again today...i havent had a chance since the other day...and she was pretty good. She wasnt jumping into the canter anymore but she was rushing still. We did a LOT of circles and stuff and eventually she calmed down

I think she has just got to get back into the whole being worked properly thing. Ill see how things go :)
     
    01-26-2008, 12:42 PM
  #5
Showing
Let us know how your next ride goes!!
     
    01-26-2008, 07:00 PM
  #6
Trained
Will do :)
     

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