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        06-02-2011, 06:51 PM
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    We rescued a horse from being mistreated and we have started riding him after he finally gained enough weight. It seems his previous owner would just canter on him and use the whip, as he is now afraid of whips and everytime you ask him to go faster his first instinct is to break in to a canter. When we are in the canter he seems to always want to rush, im trying to work on getting him into a steady canter but I feel like im always holding onto him with the reins cause he always rushes. Is there anyway certain exercises or anything ideas as to what I can do when riding to help improve this situation?
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        06-02-2011, 07:30 PM
    Do a lot of trotting. A lot! When he achieves the right speed, you kind of do nothing. YOu let him coast along and if he wants to come back down, let him.

    When he is good at maintaining a steady rythm at trot, then ask for a canter. If he rushes, don't grab his mouth, just make your body really heavy and think "Slow, slow, slow" breathing outward, and let him rush a bit and then find slow. You may need to circle him, but let him find slow. When he does, give him a long rein, a pet and praise and allow him to come to a halt.

    Allow him to find slow.

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