Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Circles! Lots and lots of them!
Start on a 20-m circle, and ask for a canter - if he speeds up, spiral him down to a 10-m circle until he slows down, then you can spiral out to the 20-m - reapeat until he can hold a nice canter.
Another thing you can do to help his balance is to halt (fairly quickly) when he starts to speed up, back him a few steps, then ask for the canter again, right out of the back up.
Don't see-saw your hands, It only creates problems later on, i.e. weaving when you're trying to ride a straight line. I would recommend trying to soften your hand instead; squeeze and release, but only on one rein..
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