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    01-18-2009, 12:34 PM
I ride a horse that has this same issue... What I do is I half halt to get him to pay attention to me and slow down, but to keep him moving forward so that he doesn't break, I push him forward into the bit with my leg...

Does that make sense?
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    01-18-2009, 05:35 PM
Perle Noir

I think it is interesting how your horse is subdued on the circle and becomes forward going as soon as you alow him to go large. It is well understood that horses flee from things that are stressfull or frightening so I would certainly have a professional person cast an eye over this behaviour. I would also be concerned as to why you are concentrating on a circle in the first place. Given your horse's age he may find prolonged circle work heavy going, un-purposeful or painful. Worth checking out before launching into more control based riding. Just a thought.
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    01-18-2009, 05:47 PM
Perle Noir...

It is very common, if not expected, for green horses to be unbalanced on a straight, to become nervous, and speed up. Circle and serpentine work is how I start my babies and there is nothing wrong with large circles with short straight lines--nothing painful, un-purposeful, or strenuous about it.
    01-19-2009, 08:43 PM
Perle... I am not cantering a 'circle circle', im am cantering him half of a very large arena. Today, I rode and he cantered the full arena with no problem.. wth?? Its so annoying at times because sometimes he can be so excited and happy that when he gets a chance at a large area to canter he wants to GO. He is in very good shape for his age, so please don't bring age in to this. It makes me mad when people think a horse being so called 'old' like mine, is the reason why for their behaviorl issues. I know its nothing physical...if it were even then why would he be so good sometimes, then other times he be speedy. Its not like he is bucking or pinning his ears either. I'll try some of everybody suggestions on here though, they sound really goood!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!
    01-20-2009, 04:04 AM
Something you can ride to help you get the feel and not worry about huge long bursts at once.. an exercise.

Circle at A, then go large, for half the long side, circle again 20m or 15 or 10, vary it up depending on the strength of your horses muscles and suppleness but it's really good for them, fix everything up on the middle circle, then go large again, then circle again at C.

That way your breaking it up and not doing huge bits at once that'll just make you both frustrated
    01-28-2009, 05:23 PM
Work him in figure eights using the full arena, it will take time, but he'll settle down soon.

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