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kitten_Val 11-04-2008 06:51 AM

Horse is hard to slow down
My paint figured out finally how to canter with me in saddle, so any time I trot her in the beginning of my riding (well, almost any time) she tries to speed up and go to canter instead of trot (in ring and on trail too). Looks like she's just overexcited (she just turned 4 last month). I tried half-halts, but they don't seem to help much. I also do the circles, but she's actually speeding up on circle even more. Is there any other ways to work with her on that? She mostly does it while she's fresh, after 5-10 mins of good trot she slows down.

Arrow 11-04-2008 07:01 AM

Sit very straight and deep and resist with your seat, that helps.

Don't canter for awhile. Arrow occasionally goes through times when he won't rack at all. So I don't let him do anything but a rack besides a walk for a day or two, and he stops anticipating.

Teach voice commands on a lunge line and use those to pick your speeds under saddle. Teach here that you aren't canter unless she hears canter.

TwendeHaraka 11-04-2008 09:40 AM

You could try lunging at the beginning if she is fresh for that period of time. With the slowing down issues, with my TB, if he's getting too fast, I just keep making him go at the trot. If he breaks, I stop him, make him stand, start him again.

kitten_Val 11-04-2008 10:17 AM

Actually she doesn't do it on lunge at all - she's in opposite pretty slow (like falling in sleep). I do have a feeling she's trying to please (it was kinda long way for both of us before she figured out the cantering thing and she's still learning). The problem is I don't really need that type of "please". Lol!

Thanks, guys! I'll try to do more with my seat.

appylover31803 11-04-2008 01:33 PM

Vega would get like this one me, so I know what you're going through.
If I asked for a trot and she would go faster, I'd start with a big circle and slowly work my way down into a smaller one and then down into an even smaller one, until she would have a nice steady trot, then I would go back out onto the rail and keep doing this until I could go around the arena without her going faster. Though that won't work out on the trail.

Have you tried doing a one rein stop with her?

Make sure that you aren't anticipating anything either. I found that was one of my biggest things when riding Vega. I would anticipate (when we would pick up the trot) that she'd go faster and faster and she would.

I also would take my outside rein, hold it a little higher and tighter than my inside rein and for the whole time we were trotting, I'd just squeeze and release the rein. With that technique I was able to slow her down to a nice little western jog (I realize that may not be the best thing to use, but it worked for me)

Painted Ride 11-04-2008 01:42 PM

do you just get on and go??? if you do then it is being planted that "when someone is on i go!" my rule of thumb is get on and just sit there for about 5 minutes. this will help with the eagerness to "want" to go. then as you want to move through the gaits ask for them slowly. if you think s-l-o-w then they will for the most part want to slow down. sound like she likes to canter! you could reward her with cantering....trot and walk. if you are happy with her performance then let her canter a few circles. but get back to working. i hope this helps.

kitten_Val 11-04-2008 02:27 PM

No, I don't get on and go. :D I walk always 10 mins at least making turns, circles, etc. before going to trot. I don't like lunging either of them because 1) they are not big fans of it and they do it pretty nicely anyway, 2) it makes me very dizzy... My biggest concern is she's just little over 4 years old and cantering too much is not a good thing yet.

Appy, I can use one-rein stop (oh, boy she's FAST at turning her hinds) as I work on it once in while with both of them, I just don't want to use it all the time. May be you are right and I antircipate way too much, so she thinks I really enjoy it. Lol!

Anyway, thanks everyone for great advices!

kickshaw 11-04-2008 03:06 PM

change things up with her - don't let her anticipate that at "such and such" point she'll have the opportunity to serpintines, circles, changes of direction, etc.

...and don't anticipate anything yourself! ;-)

appylover31803 11-04-2008 03:18 PM


Originally Posted by kickshaw (Post 180839)
change things up with her - don't let her anticipate that at "such and such" point she'll have the opportunity to serpintines, circles, changes of direction, etc.

...and don't anticipate anything yourself! ;-)

Thanks for posting that Kickshaw!
I did that with Vega too! It really helped. I would also go down the diagonal lines, up the center line, go halfway up and then track left or right, it really helped too.

kitten_Val 11-04-2008 04:00 PM

Thanks! I'll try to do more complex path then... :)

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