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    11-26-2008, 03:11 PM
  #1
Weanling
Training program for hyper horse

I have an 11 year old Half arab that I have used as a show horse up intill last year because I am to big for him to show him amature and before was showing him youth. The last year all i'v done with him is trail rides and bareback and he is bored!!! I'v started him in training 6 days a week (this is what i'v found works best for him in the past) but he does not want to slow down I'v got him to where he's doing good at a walk and trot but at a canter he's ready to run latley he has had a problem not standing still so everytime he goes to fast I ask him to stop if he takes a step forward I back him up untill he just stands then I do games like moving his hip asking him to drop his head whatever takes his mind off going forward I wait untill it's the last thought in his mind and then ask him to go forward so far his stop has gotten better and his walk and trot are great because instead of waiting for me to ask to canter he's waiting for me to ask to stop. But at the canter he wants to race around. He has always been a hyper horse but with this last years lack of training his lost his collected canter someone please help
P.s. I'v ruled out all pain problems including having a ciropractor out and having his teeth done and its the same tack he has used for years
     
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    11-26-2008, 06:51 PM
  #2
Started
In my opinion what needs to happen first is ground work. Maybe you could look into doing something like the Parelli 7 games with him. That will help him get more relaxed on the ground so that he is in a better frame of mind under saddle.
     
    11-26-2008, 09:41 PM
  #3
Weanling
Yeah thefunny thing is he's great on the ground not pushy or anything clips,ties forever, on the ground whoa means whoa and he never questions it not even at shows has he ever been hyper the ground he seems to just be very eager to work at a fast pace and it's driving me crazy :roll:
     
    11-26-2008, 10:30 PM
  #4
Yearling
Have you tried lunging him for a few minutes at each gait first both directions? Sometimes just something little like that will settle a horse better for riding.
     
    11-26-2008, 10:50 PM
  #5
Trained
From your post, I'm going to presume that he's never done this before, and only recently, because he's had a year off, he's been rushing at the canter and not standing still.

What I think you should do is concentrate on one thing at a time. Example, if you want to get him better at standing still, do some halt, walk, trot exercises.

Walk him around and at random stops ask him to halt. At first do it for a few seconds and gradually increase it. If you do this randomly, he'll have to be paying attention to you and he'll always be waiting to stop. At the trot you can do trot to walk to halt transitions as well as trot to halt. You can also incorporating backing up and springing right into a trot, with no walk steps.

I would personally not move onto the canter until he has a good halt. Once he has a good halt, you can move on.

When you ask him to canter and he takes off, bring him back by doing a circle and getting smaller and smaller. It will be very difficult for him keep canter if the circle is small. When he comes back to whichever gait you want (trot or walk) ask him again. Keep doing this until you can ask him to canter and he responds well.
A different thing you can do is when you ask him to canter and he takes off, do a circle and once you feel him relax and his pace slow down, go out of the circle and continue on. When you feel him speed up again, do another circle. He'll find that it will be easier (less work) to just canter properly.

You could also set up cones, teach him shoulders in, half passes and set up caveletti poles to keep things interesting.
     
    11-26-2008, 11:45 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by appylover31803    
From your post, I'm going to presume that he's never done this before, and only recently, because he's had a year off, he's been rushing at the canter and not standing still.

What I think you should do is concentrate on one thing at a time. Example, if you want to get him better at standing still, do some halt, walk, trot exercises.

Walk him around and at random stops ask him to halt. At first do it for a few seconds and gradually increase it. If you do this randomly, he'll have to be paying attention to you and he'll always be waiting to stop. At the trot you can do trot to walk to halt transitions as well as trot to halt. You can also incorporating backing up and springing right into a trot, with no walk steps.

I would personally not move onto the canter until he has a good halt. Once he has a good halt, you can move on.

When you ask him to canter and he takes off, bring him back by doing a circle and getting smaller and smaller. It will be very difficult for him keep canter if the circle is small. When he comes back to whichever gait you want (trot or walk) ask him again. Keep doing this until you can ask him to canter and he responds well.
A different thing you can do is when you ask him to canter and he takes off, do a circle and once you feel him relax and his pace slow down, go out of the circle and continue on. When you feel him speed up again, do another circle. He'll find that it will be easier (less work) to just canter properly.

You could also set up cones, teach him shoulders in, half passes and set up caveletti poles to keep things interesting.
everything you say up untill canter is what i'm doing he is at the point where I say whoa and he stops I'v tried to do circles and going back to walk and trot and it takes awhile to get him to calm down and not rush at a walk and trot and then the rest of the ride all he cares about is cantering im lost. He knows half passes and shoulder in and we have cavelettis but when he gets hyper he will rush the cavelettis and gets all bunched up and huffy I know I could get him to do a slow lope but I don't want to constantly be holding him back sorry if i'm complacating things
     
    11-27-2008, 12:19 AM
  #7
Weanling
Put poles randomly in the arena and ride over them in no particular order. Canter 3 or 4 strides and do a downward transition. Try cantering before you trot to break up the routine.
     
    11-27-2008, 01:34 PM
  #8
Weanling
Okay i'll try that thanks it's just that when he gets hyper the lesson is over there is no calming him down I can get him to walk and trot but once he gets spazzy at the canter its all he does he acts like a barrel horse
     
    12-17-2008, 12:20 AM
  #9
Trained
Maybe you should turn him into a gamer :]
     
    12-17-2008, 04:26 AM
  #10
Foal
Thumbs down Gamer? No Way!

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Originally Posted by wild_spot    
Maybe you should turn him into a gamer :]
No way! If you don't fix this problem and say its okay and turn him into a gamer you will soon have a horse with a hard mouth that only ever wants to go fast.
However, once you do have the problem under control I would see no harm in turning him into a gamer.

However, if he's going spaz now at the canter imagine what can happen when he's allowed to go really fast...
Your not going to be able to stop him and both him and you could get hurt.
     

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