Slowness with a Loose Rein

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Slowness with a Loose Rein

This is a discussion on Slowness with a Loose Rein within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Loose rein or contct when riding on trail
  • How to train a horse to ride with a loose rein

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Bandera

LinkBack Thread Tools
    11-22-2011, 07:41 AM
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.
Sponsored Links
    11-22-2011, 11:02 AM
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 :)
    11-23-2011, 07:29 PM
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! :)
tinyliny likes this.
    11-23-2011, 07:39 PM
Green Broke
You can try slowing your posting down.
    11-23-2011, 08:27 PM
Super Moderator
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.
    11-24-2011, 03:10 PM
Try slowing your posting down and doing a lot of half halts. Use your voice and say....woahhhh easy.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Loose Rein Problems klutzygirl234 Horse Training 8 09-05-2011 08:04 PM
"Tight" outside rein, loose inside rein Gilly English Riding 2 06-08-2011 11:03 AM
Loose rein or constant contact for the spooky horse? kitten_Val Trail Riding 34 07-01-2010 03:16 PM
Picture to critique. Arabian hunt seat. Horses head to tight even with loose rein. Siestasgirl16 English Riding 4 06-17-2009 12:04 PM
Picture to critique. Arabian hunt seat. Horses head to tight even with loose rein. Siestasgirl16 English Riding 1 06-17-2009 08:26 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:50 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0