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post #11 of 14 Old 12-17-2008, 01:54 PM
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first off what is his diet like?? Is he getting too much energy that he doesn't need??

Second he wants to go fast ... FINE let him then when he wants to slow dow don't let him ... I am not saying to run him into ground I am saying if he wants to go fast make him go faster and longer then he wants too..make it HIS idea to stop or slow down ..

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-17-2008, 05:48 PM
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Whoah! Settle! I was joking, hence the smiley!

I would never suggest ignoring proper training and simply running him through games. Also every time I have trained a horse for games, we don't go fast for months, if not more, and I hardly ever practise fast! Its the patterns that are more important, the speed will come later.

Sorry if you took that the wrong way!

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post #13 of 14 Old 12-19-2008, 12:11 PM
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It sounds to me like he's probably lost some of his conditioning. Canter takes much more fitness to do slow and balanced than to rush around and you say that he's had time off, so that very well may be the case. The best thing to do is lots of walk trot transitions, lots of trot work in circles, changing directions, over and around poles, up and down hills (trotting down too!) and more and more transitions. Once he builds more muscle, then add canter transitions. A great exercise is canter for a few strides then right back to trot. Sure, it sounds easy enough, but in all reality it takes a LOT for a horse to go from trot to canter back to trot in just a few strides, and back to an ENGAGED trot, not a fall on my face plod around trot

Good luck, and keep focusing on that trot work. I've seen results in as little as a few weeks. Remember better canter doesn't come from more canter, better canter comes from more trot work!
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-19-2008, 03:10 PM
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I also think that a lot of transitions are key. Don't spend too long in any one gait before changing it. The more you do this, the more you will keep him wondering..."what will she ask for next?" You will get his focus on you. It is also very good for body conditioning. Over time, start spending more strides in each gait before the transition.

I would not fight the canter speed for now, rather, spend a few stride, then transition to trot or walk. As his muscle and focus builds, I would bet he would slow down naturally.

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