Getting a nice slow jog - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 18 Old 04-26-2008, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 2,672
• Horses: 1
Getting a nice slow jog

Lately I've been having problems getting Sonny to do a nice slow jog (or trot to those English people ). I've tried half-halting, or milking the reins and it doesn't work. I can get a fairly slow trot if I'm using two hands, but with just neck-reining it seems to be impossible.

Since Sonny has lost weight he'd gotten more energy and wants to go...and unless he's super-dee-dooper tired and I did alot of work with him before hand.

I really would like to show him in western shows (not sure what type of show though), but I'd like to be able to get a fast jog when I want one...and a slow one when I need one.

Any ideas that would work? Mainly if I'm neck-reining...he stops fine...and I've tried putting more pressure on the reins...but I do that and he walks...he's sooo stubborn haha
SonnyWimps is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 Old 04-27-2008, 12:40 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Alliance, Ohio
Posts: 1,500
• Horses: 1
Add pressure to the reins, but while your doing it keep pressure with your legs and push him into it.
Draw reins also help, I can have my barrel horse doing a western jog in those things.

"Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness."
Harlee rides horses is offline  
post #3 of 18 Old 04-27-2008, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 2,672
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Harlee rides horses
Add pressure to the reins, but while your doing it keep pressure with your legs and push him into it.
Draw reins also help, I can have my barrel horse doing a western jog in those things.
Sonny has never had draw reins, martingale, or a training fork on...and I have a feeling he wouldn't like it and would either panic or throw some bucks

I do add pressure to his reins but he puts his nose either up so he can't really feel too much of the pressure, or just ignores it and then lets me know he hurts afterwards.

I'm going to try working on a slow jog today to see if I can get it...I can get a slow canter alright...it's just the jog...*sighs*
SonnyWimps is offline  
post #4 of 18 Old 04-27-2008, 01:15 PM
tim
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Virginia, USA
Posts: 687
• Horses: 0
Well, sometimes the problem isn't that your horse is unwilling, he's just unable.

Sonny might need to put on some muscles before he is able to sustain a slow jogging frame. It takes muscle for them to move that slowly. I always use the car analogy:

Imagine that Sonny's gaits are like gears in a car. Usually, the slower the car moves, the lower the gear. But now you are asking Sonny to move more slowly in a high gear. There are cars that can pull off from a standstill in 5th gear, but they usually have around 400-500 lb.ft. Of torque. Otherwise they will just stall. Sonny is in the same position -- he may not have enough power to keep up a strong frame, and so he is increasing the speed to make it more comfortable for him. In order for Sonny to jog with a nice collected frame, he will need to have the muscles to support himself.
tim is offline  
post #5 of 18 Old 04-27-2008, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New York
Posts: 2,672
• Horses: 1
when I first tried him out before I bought him he did a nice slow jog...and it seems like if I am worried or something he will do a nice slow jog (as if he's trying to take care of me...he's a sweety ) but if I'm really confident that day (like I usually am) he'll want to go fast.

I've tried making myself be nervous, but it doesn't work...he can tell if I'm faking it or not. It's soo weird though
SonnyWimps is offline  
post #6 of 18 Old 04-28-2008, 05:18 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Posts: 1,351
• Horses: 11
Serpentines, Serpentines, serpentines - They work! :)
AKPaintLover is offline  
post #7 of 18 Old 04-29-2008, 04:23 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Alliance, Ohio
Posts: 1,500
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
Quote:
Originally Posted by Harlee rides horses
Add pressure to the reins, but while your doing it keep pressure with your legs and push him into it.
Draw reins also help, I can have my barrel horse doing a western jog in those things.
Sonny has never had draw reins, martingale, or a training fork on...and I have a feeling he wouldn't like it and would either panic or throw some bucks

I do add pressure to his reins but he puts his nose either up so he can't really feel too much of the pressure, or just ignores it and then lets me know he hurts afterwards.

I'm going to try working on a slow jog today to see if I can get it...I can get a slow canter alright...it's just the jog...*sighs*
I have used draw reins on horses that have never used them, my barrel horse for instance, works like an angel in them. They're just like regular reins they can put their head up, it all depends on how you work with them.

"Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness."
Harlee rides horses is offline  
post #8 of 18 Old 04-30-2008, 10:17 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 6,672
• Horses: 12
How is his collection when you ask him for it?
Does he normally go with a nice low head set, or higher up?

Whispering Secret Arabians
Registered Solid and Sabino Arabians
www.wsarabians.wix.com/home
WSArabians is offline  
post #9 of 18 Old 05-21-2008, 09:27 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 21,179
• Horses: 7
update?
farmpony84 is offline  
post #10 of 18 Old 05-21-2008, 12:12 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 11,772
• Horses: 0
Wow lots of people focusing on the hands - I say sit deep and ask it from your seat! You can control the speed of the gait from your seat, sit deep and think slow with your bum :) YOU set the tempo, and make him match it.


The lovely images above provided by CVLC Photography cvlphotography.com
JustDressageIt is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome