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post #1 of 6 Old 11-22-2011, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Slowness with a Loose Rein

How do you train your horse to go slowly with loose reins? At the walk and canter, my mare will go fine on loose reins, but at the trot she just trots really fast if I don't have contact. If I circle, she just gains speed after the circle. I work on both big and little circles, but it doesn't work unless I have contact.

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-22-2011, 11:02 AM
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Well.. ride it out is what I think. If she goes fast on a loose rein at the trot, start posting and add some half halts in and regulate her speed with those two things. Take her into large figure eights and serpentine 3-4 times down the arena both ways. But just help her ride it out, since she needs to know even if the rein is loose, you are still in control. Also don't be afraid to ask for a walk on a loose rein, from your trot. When she complies, then ask for the trot again on a loose rein, adding in lots of half halts and making sure you aren't asking too strongly with your legs because she may just be going fast on that basis.

Also, don't just give her the entire loose rein, start with contact, and slowly give her a hair of rein more when she is where you want her. Eventually you'll be able to give her more rein and still maintain speed. Or keep her long and low on contact and maintain speed.. it takes lots of practice :)
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-23-2011, 07:29 PM
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Well i think it all starts with seat aids. Make sure you can halt with just you seat and that your horse listens to your seat. If your posting slow down your post. Talking to your horse as well and tell her, easy, slowwww down... etc. talking calmly and soothing to here. If your sitting tighten your stomach muscle and try and balance more because she could be speeding up because you are unbalanced on her. Sit down deep and use you seat to slow her.

I hope this helped! :)
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You can try slowing your posting down.

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-23-2011, 08:27 PM
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I don't usually trot slow on a loose rein. I ride with contact and use it and my seat and posting speed to slow the horse, while maintaining contact.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-24-2011, 03:10 PM
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try slowing your posting down and doing a lot of half halts. Use your voice and say....woahhhh easy.
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