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GraciesMom 06-20-2010 08:20 PM

How To make Her Go Faster?
I took Gracie out tonight and the fastest she would go was trot. How can I make her canter? How about gallop?

xdrybonesxvalleyx 06-20-2010 08:29 PM

I don't know if it's from her health, or what. I'm not all too experienced, but I'd suggest doing lots of conditioning with trots and use very clear cues.

Another suggestion is to have someone ride another horse at a canter, if there are other horses you have.

xdrybonesxvalleyx 06-20-2010 08:34 PM

Oh, and lunge.

justsambam08 06-20-2010 08:37 PM

A lot of well trained horses will not go faster than what they feel their rider is comfortable with.

How much cantering/gallop experience do you have?

StormyBlues 06-21-2010 02:25 PM

^agreed. also, are you cuing her corectly? Do you support with your inside leg and ask for the canter with your outside leg just behind the girth?

She could also be on the forehand and unbalanced. Horses are more likly to transition upwards when they're working from behind and not running around on their forehand.

Speed Racer 06-21-2010 02:32 PM

Gracie, you and your horse need to go to a professional trainer for lessons.

You can't learn what you need to know by asking people on the internet.

You're obviously a young, newbie rider, and it frightens me that your parents don't think you need lessons with a professional.

You're going to get hurt or worse, and it's entirely preventable.

I'm staying out of your threads from now on, because what I read scares me.

I just hope you or your horse don't wind up paying the ultimate price because you didn't get the help you needed.

GraciesMom 06-21-2010 02:36 PM

I'm sorry. I didn't realize that I was the only one that asks questions on this forum. Maybe I should just leave and find a different one.

Alwaysbehind 06-21-2010 02:51 PM

That is not SR's point.

You just got a new horse. You sound like you are VERY new to riding and ownership.

Your riding questions are extremely basic things that if you had taken lessons at all you might have an answer to. It is worrisome that you are trying to do things you are not at a level to do.

Speed Racer 06-21-2010 03:14 PM

Yes, thank you Always.

Gracie, my point is that you can ask questions all you want, but without a professional to help you, you and/or your horse are likely to get seriously injured or dead.

Asking questions of random strangers is not the same thing as getting live, one-on-one instruction. It's just not.

You're a rank newbie. There's nothing wrong with that and we all started out that way, but it worries me that you're not getting the help you and your horse really need.

None of us on this BB are acceptable substitutes for a professional trainer in any way, shape or form, and you can only learn so much from books and DVDs.

Real training has to come from a live person, not electronically.

Asking questions is good, but it's only one, tiny part of what you need to become a safe, balanced rider.

Lis 06-21-2010 03:38 PM

GraciesMom, you said on another post you had had about 3 lessons before you bought this mare. Don't even think about cantering until you have worked with an instructor and got walk and trot sorted. Gallop should be a distant dream at the moment. I doubt you know how to properly ask for a canter so she wouldn't go faster because she had no idea what you were asking which says how good a mare she is because I know horses would have a real paddy if someone got on them and didn't ask them properly. You need lessons, we can only help so far whereas a trainer can help so much more than we can.

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