Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
When you ride, breathe deep. Roll those shoulders, shake it out. You could be tense, and bracing due to anticipation, which transfers to the horse. The leaning forward will definitely cue to go faster.
Not sure if your horse will do better with this, but with my lease, when he wants to bolt on me, I have to pull his head around and do a ten meter circle. Nothing too small, but nothing to big either. I HAVE to do this until he lowers his head and relaxes into a nice gait.
Making sure the horse is collected prior to the gait you want to transition to helps a lot, too. Letting them rush into it means they will rush in the gait, too. So if you are asking for a canter, and they start rushing in the trot, transition down and try again.
Another trick I learned on my lease, which again, may just be how he is taught to cue, is say we are in circles to the left. I would squeeze my right reign back ever so slightly, giving a little more contact that my other reign, and bend his body into my leg as I press into him. I drive with my seat deliberately and he collects, rounds, and uses his butt.
I hope this helps!