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post #1 of 45 Old 07-26-2011, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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I am training my 4 year old mare, and when I am working with her on the ground in the round pen she walks, trots, canters, stops, extends, collects and goes right, left, and backwards all with voice commands. But, when I am on her she won't canter. She is part arab, so she has this super-smooth trot that goes like 1,000 miles an hour and she does that whenever I ask her to canter. She will just keep trotting forever. And when I do get her to canter, it's only for a couple strides then she comes to a dead stop. She is very jumpy and I tried taking the end of the split reins and giving her a little tap on her hind end when she starts trotting really fast to encourage her to canter, but she kinda freaked out when I did that and she didn't canter, so it was kind of pointless. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 45 Old 07-26-2011, 02:53 PM
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If she voice commands, have you tried using your voice while you are on her?
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If she voice commands, have you tried using your voice while you are on her?
Yes, I have but she doesn't listen. When I ask her using voice commands while I am on her, she stops.

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she needs to be collected anad balanced at the trot BEFORE you try to canter her... she may just not be ready meaning she isn't balanced and collected enough or strong enough yet

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It is no doubt balance issues. How long has she been under saddle?
Be patient and work in other areas that will build quality movement rather than allowing her to trot wildly in circles.
My friend, how coincidentally had an arab, too, had simialr issues. So, we worked out on the trails, on straight lines. I rode good old Mac in front and she followed. I would pick up the canter in front of her, and her horse would then fall into the canter off his own accord, to keep up, and then I would pull out of the canter. So, the time spent cantering was short, on a straight line and supported by an experienced horse in front. We did this a lot, and as time went by, her horse could hold a canter longer and longer and start taking it from a lead position, too.
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Her previous owners broke her when she was right around 3, I think. Then they just left her until I started working with her about 6 months ago.
We ride in the orange groves a lot, and it's really funny because when the other horses that we are riding with start to canter, she trots right past them. She can trot faster than those horses can canter and will be a good 20 feet in front of them until I slow her down. Now that she is very solid on her ground work, I am going to start riding her in one of the large pastures as much as possible instead of the round pen. She can canter very nicely when i'm doing ground work with her, but when I am on her and I ask her it's almost like she panicks and doesn't want to go faster.

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that is because she isn't balanced enough with you on her...

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I would really try to slow her trot down before you canter. Do lots of circles (maybe sitting trot) and get her bend. Once you have a nice slow trot and balanced horse try to ask for the canter. Good Luck! (Sorry if this doesn't work)

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Yesterday I worked a lot on trotting in the round pen. She has a very nice collected trot- my icon picture is of her.
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After a while getting her good and under control I asked for a canter. It took a few tries, but she eventually got it even though it was only for a few stides :) I then did the same thing on the other side. After that, I took her out into a big pasture where she had more space, and when I asked she would canter from one side almost all the way to the other! She is not very collected and it is still pretty fast, but that is to be expected. I am just glad she did it! Thanks everyone! :)

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I have the same issue... Although she's 10. She'll do her really fast trot or dead run. She's 1/2 Arab.
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