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post #1 of 8 Old 02-17-2011, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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slowing down a pleasure horse

hello there I was curious for all of you pleasure people how do you teach your pleasure horse to slow down their walk, jog, canter..... I know everyone has a different way and I was curious about yours :)
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-21-2011, 03:54 AM
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My new horse is pretty strong and foward moving so it all depends on how hard im pulling on the rains

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post #3 of 8 Old 02-21-2011, 08:45 AM
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My new horse is pretty strong and foward moving so it all depends on how hard im pulling on the rains
What most people dont realize is you have to push your horse forward and gain forward motion in order for your horse to naturally slow down. Its all about collection, rounding up, moving off the hind end, and self carriage. If you just hold your horse back with the reins many things can happen. Like, the horse learns to lean on the bit, the horse runs threw the bit, the horse looses forward motion, horses looses collection, horse falls on the forehand. There are alot of things that go into slowing down a horse correctly and there are many ways of doing it. If you are looking to slow down your horse to teach it western pleasure i strongly suggest a trainer.
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Couldn't have said it better myself ! :)
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A trainer helped me a lot with my horse who was very foward, agressive, and fast. We worked on slowing down by stopping and backing up when my horse started gaining speed. Then continuing in the same gait calm and relaxed. If he would speed up again we would stop and back up. Make sure to say whoah and go right back into the same gait from the back up. Once he continued at a slow and relaxed pace I would pat him and then walk and say "good boy" and let him have a break. Thats what we did, but again it depends on your horse so a trainer might be a good idea :)

One thing I've learned working with horses: You can FORCE a horse to do something on a tight rein and he might do what you ask or you can TEACH a horse to do something on a loose rein and he will do it willingly with his heart.
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-23-2011, 09:22 PM
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Soft and supple makes a slow horse and lots of muscle to. I had one person tell me that you just road the horse to the dirt and they would go slow. That is so fair from the truth that you can get. It takes lots of conditioning to keep them collected and slow.
I always say my WP can do anything that a Dressage horse can do except in slow motion.

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The horse that I was training for western pleasure was naturally long strided and had a 'motor'. I can't agree more with gizpeptig. It turns into a habit of going slow. Horses learn through a good release/reward. You need to make it clear what you want. Before anything, your horse needs to be collected. If your horse is going too fast, simply back your horse up while saying "whoa" while you back, turn him around a few times and ask your horse to step off again. You can start this on contact, and as your horse starts to understand, give him some more slack. ALLOW YOUR HORSE TO MAKE MISTAKES; DON'T MICROMANAGE. Let him take 2 or 3 strides too fast so that he knows why he is being corrected.
Also, if possible, ride more than once a day. End your rides on a good note with plenty of reward, they are more likely to remember what they were taught the previous day. But remember, just because they do it good one day, doesn't mean it's been taught. Consistancy is key.

Hope this helps.
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