Speed Racer (not THE speed racer, tho)

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    02-25-2013, 05:58 PM
Speed Racer (not THE speed racer, tho)

I have a 13 y/o Arab who is great in all other aspects. She has come such a long way since I started working with her. We were working on her leads for awhile, and she is doing quite well now. One of her major issues, though, is she is very 'speedy' when cantering to the right. We (me and my trainer) have been both circling her and also just stopping and backing her up. Sometimes these will slow her down, but other times she just gets so excited and wants to run crazy And it only seems to be on her 'bad' side which is her right. There is nothing physically wrong with her, I just mean bad as horses tend to favor one side over the other. In this case, she is really good going left. This is going to be a problem when jumping her, as I don't want her rushing. Any tips at all for slowing down that speed racer horse?

(Let me know if you need any more info about her)

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    02-25-2013, 06:06 PM
WOW I thought Speed had her own thread, I see I was wrong

Start off with the normal checks, back, tack fit etc. make sure that there is nothing physical causing her an issue.

Question, does she speed up the same if you lunge her or round pen her as she does under saddle?
    02-25-2013, 06:09 PM
I thought maybe somebody was calling me out on the board!
    02-25-2013, 06:13 PM
Teen Forum Moderator
^--- I thought so too! LOL
    02-25-2013, 06:16 PM
Hahaha, sorry Speed!!!! I should have prob picked a different title. 0.0

No she seems ok on the line. She was the same way with her leads- she would -always- get the right lead on the line, but was pretty awful about it under saddle. We worked on that for a long time. She finally gets the right lead almost every single time. 95%! Yay! Now I just gotta slow her down, somehow...
    02-25-2013, 06:19 PM
Originally Posted by Endiku    
^--- I thought so too! LOL
Don't none of y'all be gettin' any ideas now!

OP, if she's left sided she might be having trouble balancing when she goes to the right. Horses speed up when they're unbalanced.

I say maybe just work her on the lunge at a walk and trot until she's using both sides equally.
    02-25-2013, 06:42 PM
Originally Posted by Horsequeen08    

No she seems ok on the line. She was the same way with her leads- she would -always- get the right lead on the line, but was pretty awful about it under saddle. We worked on that for a long time. She finally gets the right lead almost every single time. 95%! Yay! Now I just gotta slow her down, somehow...
Well, if she is OK on the line, but loses it with a rider, then the rider has to
be the variable causing the issue!

Have you had anyone else ride her? I'm not saying that you are doing anything wrong, but it would be another thing to look at.
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    02-25-2013, 09:57 PM
Are you anticipating her racing? Stiff in the hips, tight in the shoulders etc? If it's not you I'd go back to the trot and strengthen that side more and work on slow transitions into the canter.
    02-25-2013, 10:15 PM
I thought as did the others, so was going to go all "mod-like" and remove the thread, since we don't call out members on the forum. So, instead, I editted your title a bit, I hope that is ok with you, and SR herself.
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    02-25-2013, 11:24 PM
Yeah, a few other people ride her and have the same issue. I keep my upper body very tall and don't lean forward. (Being an Arab she is sensitive to pretty much all movement, leaning forward to her, even just a tiny bit, means 'run as fast as you possibly can!' oh that silly girl. Like I said, we're working on it.) She is still fast on the line, but doesn't seem to be more fast to the right. Which is fine, I lunge her to get out the excess energy so she doesn't go all crazy on me, haha. I just am not sure what other tricks/tips to try to get her to slow down. The circles seem to help, but lately she's a bit quick in those too. :P

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