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    05-25-2012, 11:45 PM
  #1
Foal
Slow down! (getting excited at the canter)

My horse gets really excited when I let him canter... SO excited that he gradually gets faster and faster and faster until I have to pull him up, then the cycle starts again and again. I try to sit real deep in the saddle which is usually his cue to slow down, and he does for a second, then just goes right on back to gaining speed... How can I SLOW DOWN his canter?
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    05-25-2012, 11:52 PM
  #2
Foal
How is he on the lunge line? Wondering what his personality is like when unsaddled...how to proceed would depend on where he is on his ground work.
     
    05-26-2012, 12:00 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by amateurhorsetrainer    
How is he on the lunge line? Wondering what his personality is like when unsaddled...how to proceed would depend on where he is on his ground work.
Well, this is embarrassing. He doesn't really understand 'lunging'.... He'd rather stare at me and give me the "you look like an idiot swinging a stick around, you know I'm not moving" face...
His ground manners besides that are pretty good, though. I've done some very basic Clinton Anderson stuff (like the yeilding hindquarters/forequarters and stuff like that)...
In general he's a well-mannered pony undersaddle and at halter. He just has a problem with patience and containing his excitement.
Does that help?
     
    05-26-2012, 12:05 AM
  #4
Trained
Make him think slower....Trot a lap around the arena, pick him up to the lope for three or four strides, then let him trot haf a lap. Lope another three or four strides, then trot again. He will start thinking that he will go slower every time he has to lope and in turn slow down. Eventually you can add more strides and break him down as soon as he tries to go faster.
     
    05-26-2012, 01:19 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by RunJumpRide    
Well, this is embarrassing. He doesn't really understand 'lunging'.... He'd rather stare at me and give me the "you look like an idiot swinging a stick around, you know I'm not moving" face...
His ground manners besides that are pretty good, though. I've done some very basic Clinton Anderson stuff (like the yeilding hindquarters/forequarters and stuff like that)...
In general he's a well-mannered pony undersaddle and at halter. He just has a problem with patience and containing his excitement.
Does that help?
It would be interesting to see how he does lunging, and, it really isn't that hard to teach! Perhaps if he thinks you look like an idiot swinging a stick, you ought to actually HIT him with it! I'm not saying beat him, just enough to make him move forward, no more.

I wouldn't get on a horse that doesn't lunge, not only for safety reasons, but, I want to train transitions, and, to some extent, their gaits, before I ride!

Anway, it is always nice to see how a horse can canter, naturally, so you know what you are up against, or, working towards, when you hop on.
     
    05-26-2012, 01:23 AM
  #6
Started
What I do with horses that get rammy at the lope and have no cruise control is I take them out to the flat stubble fields around my yard and get them into a lope and every time they want to speed up on me, make them sit their butts in the ground and back up. Then I'll work up to a trot, down to a walk, up to a trot, into a lope for a couple strides, down to a trot and then continue loping and if they get rammy, I sit them in the ground and go at it again.
It's not very complicated and it works! I'm actually doing it with my Squiggy horse, but she's getting to the point where I just have to give her a little check and she smartens up.
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    05-26-2012, 10:42 AM
  #7
Foal
My horse like to go fast too. Started asking for his head and he slows down. Not really slow but slow were I feel confortable. Everyday it get better and better. If he goes really fast I stop back him up and ask agin he figures it up by the end of the ride
     
    05-28-2012, 11:15 AM
  #8
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
Make him think slower....Trot a lap around the arena, pick him up to the lope for three or four strides, then let him trot haf a lap. Lope another three or four strides, then trot again. He will start thinking that he will go slower every time he has to lope and in turn slow down. Eventually you can add more strides and break him down as soon as he tries to go faster.
This is what I would do! Or as one of my old trainers would say when my mare got rushy was "have a canter with a trot in it" which basically meant at any time, I could half halt her into a nice steady, forward trot. Same mare is 16yos now and has a nice slow, smooth canter that you could ride all day

My gelding would also get really rushy when he was first learning to canter under saddle. I actually did not start consistently cantering him under saddle until he was 4.5 years old, he did not have the strength and muscle and know-how to carry himself and balance himself, and I did not want to canter for the sake of cantering, I wanted it to be a NICE canter. And now it is, those Zips Chocolate Chip horses are known for their lovely canters that you could almost set a metronome to... and he has it! We did a lot of dressage and building up the muscles in the correct place first.

Good luck, it will just take some time and patience, but it will be worth it :) The canter is the cure of all evils!
     
    05-28-2012, 11:25 AM
  #9
Showing
If you have a long fence/rail (50-60') ride your horse at the canter about 6' off the rail. As soon as he begins to speed up turn him toward the rail to reverse direction. He will likely stop the first time but just ask him to canter again. You are now going in the opposite direction. Again when he speeds up turn him back on the rail. He may stop again because it's his other side. That's ok just move him up into the canter again. Each time he speeds up, turn him into the rail. It will be awkward at first but he'll get the hang of it. By doing this he is getting his hindquarters underneath and becoming better balanced. Other than to turn him you shouldn't be on the bridle at all. It's best to use a snaffle bit for this. The turn backs are tiring for him so he'll come to realize that it's easier for him to travel slower at the canter than do the turn backs.
     

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