Originally Posted by KristinLynnCiscos19
After i've been cantering around for a bit she slows down, but only by a little bit, not completely. I will try the lunging and try the slow work and see how that goes! I will need to work on balancing our circles as well, a couple of the horses I ride like to lean in with their shoulders, I was told to use the inside leg, but what else should I be doing? Thank you!
Equitate made a very good point, going back to the walk is a very good idea. I would probably lounge her around before the ride to warm her up and, if that does calm her down, then tack her up and do a very short, simple ride, with the focus being getting her to listen to your seat and aids when you ask for the walk. Sit back, breathe out if it helps, and ask her to slow down. If she does listen to you and slows down/stops, quit right there, praise her, and end the lesson. If she doesn't, you keep asking until she does. The lesson doesn't end until she slows down.
Next time, lounge her until she's nice and warmed up and focused, get on, and do it again. Once she learns to slow down when you ask, start working on building her balance in circles at the walk. After she has this all down at a walk, then start with the trot- make sure she'll listen to you when you ask her to slow down in the trot, then add circles and build up from there.
Doing this will help with leaning, too- usually horses that lean in the circles just need to build up that strength to keep them balanced, and starting back at the walk will help that. You could definitely do this with the other horses you have that lean in their circles.
Let us know how she does next time you see her, keep us updated!