Running into canter
I have an OTTB that runs into canter. I think it's a balance issue. What can I do besides half halts to rebalance her?
Or could it be me? I ask her to trot first then I use outside leg. I only ask her to bend going around a corner. Usually I start the canter on the straight side of the arena. So she's not bent when I ask her to canter. When she does canter she blasts around the arena. Gradually I'm able to slow her down.
Must be an OTTB thing. Mine did the same thing.
Is she running at the canter, or taking fast trotting strides into it? Your wording sort of confused me...
If the first one, make her stop, canter again, stop, canter again. Make her think that when you canter, it isn't going to be for very long. Pull her into the wall, if you have to. This got mine to slow down and stop running as fast as he pleased.
If the second, if she doesn't pick up the canter in a few trotting steps, make her stop, stand, and try it again. Keep doing it until she gets it. It's frustrating, but it makes them understand.
She does both. But I'm more concerned with her transition into canter. I just thought the high speed might be a clue as to whether or not it's a balance issue. Maybe not. Maybe she just prefers to race around because that's what she was originally taught to do.
hehe, yeah. Mine's a little drama king.
It used to be when we did this, I'd have to walk him around once to let him cool off before doing it again...he'd just get too flustered to think straight.
Ha, I guess drama must be a TB thing. Mine likes to chew the wooden fence in the arena when she's frustrated. Then when I tell he she can't do that, she paws, lol. I'll have no fence and an arena full of potholes once I get her canter transition straightened out.:D
I had a friend with the same sort of issue with her horse. If you think it may be a balance issue a good exercise to practice with her is trotting on big circles then small (start at a 20m circle). This helps them get their balance. Say for instance in a dressage arena as your going down the long side pick a spot and ask her to do a circle start off big and get smaller and smaller. Sitting trot is a good idea to help you balance too!!! i do this with my 20yr TB who STILL has a bit of a balance issue and after about 4-5mins hes perfect, as he starts to remember he is actually trained in dressage and has been doing it forever!!!! Hope this helps :)
ok stupid question but is ottb? is it just our tbs?
ottb stands for off the track thoroughbred
Before asking for the canter try asking her to bend (make is dramatic) and move off your leg (again, dramatically). I tend to make my boy look drunk before I do anything, but it does prevent him from running into the canter. He now usually picks it up right away.
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