Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Gainesville, Fl
I read one article on how to slow them down with circles. This is the way I trained my mare. She is not WP bred, she is race bred. I was/am not looking for the WP movements, just a comfortable sitting trot/jog.
I would start her out slow, sitting the trot and sitting deep in my seat. When she started to get too fast, we would start circling and circle smaller and smaller and smaller until she was at the correct pace, then start spiraling back out. As long as she kept that pace, we can go, but get fast and were going to circle. They can't comfortably trot fast at a small circle, and this teaches themselves to slow down. You are not half halting or hanging on the reins, just squeeze with the leg if you feel them try to break to a walk.