So Glad You're Feeling Better, But What Happened To First Gear?
Gunner is feeling better. He has a new saddle, new bit, everything fits great, so he's feeling his oats. Problem is, he wants to show me how good he feels.
We were doing a little arena last week, and every time I asked for a trot, I got a speedy canter. He almost had me off the saddle the first time, there was no transition. It was walk to canter. I ask vocally with a kiss, followed by a light squeeze with my thighs if he doesn't shift gears. The thing I particularly don't like is how much I have to haul on him to get him to drop gears or stop. It's a gradual pressure, I'm not yanking his mouth, but I feel like I'm really pulling back. It could just be that I'm used to Hoover and the other horses who stop on dollars at the ranch. I use a full cheek, btw.
How should I go about getting him to slow down? I'm so excited he feels this good, and I feel like I'm giving him wrong cues...but I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. It seems like he's trying to do what I ask, not acting up, but I guess I don't understand what I'm asking him, and we're both getting confused.
"Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high. Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky. And live like you ain't afraid to die...don't be scared, jut enjoy the ride." - Chris LeDoux