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post #1 of 9 Old 08-22-2009, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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Question Horse going too fast? HELP.

Hi everyone.
I was getting a lesson today and when I was jogging the horse kept wanting to lope.
My instructor was like don't squeeze with your legs at all once he's jogging, only when he breaks gait. But the thing was I wasn't squeezing with my legs at all. I have quite good balance at the jog and can sit out even the bounciest jogs.
She also said, hands forward, keep em still and keep the rein pressure even. So I re-adjusted my reins and rode one handed as if he as a senior horse. He still kept trying to lope.
She also said relax and not to sit so far back on my tailbone. I did, I sat as if I was in a show. But he wanted to lope still.
I'm not sure what was going on with him (or me), I did everything my instructor told me to repeatly. I know my legs were still. I didn't have spurs on, so nothing was jabbing him. My hand was forward and elastic to his head movements. And my other arm was by my side. It wasn't swinging around and urging him to go.
Do you think he just wanted to go fast? Or maybe he was just being lazy and thought loping was easier? IDK, I'm confused, but I'm going to ride him tomorrow and see what happens.
Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-22-2009, 07:41 AM
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Sometimes it just happens. If a horse is a little fresher, they may want to lope. What I'll usually do is jog them, when they try to break to a lope, stop and let them stand a few minutes. Then, head out to a walk, then jog. Repeat if horse continues to want to lope.
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-22-2009, 11:44 AM
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I don't know what your skill level is or experience, but I find that posting helps the horse find its rhythm under you at a jog. The faster you post, the faster he will go. Posting will find that happy medium sometimes and give the horse to listen to other then just the reins and leg cues.

Like Buckoff said, don't let him go into that lope, jog it out if you can. Horses are not machines, they are living and will do what ever they want with you on their back at times.

I wouldn't quiet make him stand (that sometimes makes a horse more nervous and want to run more because you are holding him or her back). If you feel him wanting to go into that lope I would turn sharp and go into figure eights and slowly go back into the circle around the ring. If figure eights don't work try to do a whirly circle around the arena. By whirly circles I mean turning into the inside of the arena in consistance circles returning back to the railing and back into the inside of the arena as you make your way around the arena. Change directions after a while and try to work your horse's mind back onto your rythem.

Don't quiet 'force' the horse into listening to you, but rather make it a jog job that he needs to do.

Lunging before you get on also is a way to make your horse burn some oats off so to say haha.

Hopefully that made sense for you.
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Yes well he normally is a quiet boy, but he hadn't been ridden in 2 weeks because he had a stone bruise. When I ride today, I'll lunge him before. I'll also try those tips and keep this page updated :)
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Or. You can lope him untill he doesn't want to lope anymore. =]
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Hi everyone those tips really helped. I lunged Bozzy beforehand but he still wanted to lope. So I stopped him a few times and made him back up and then made him jog again. And everytime he tried to lope, I'd start doing figure eights and circles. He got the idea eventually. I also rode a horse thats being broken in. I'm so proud, I didn't get bucked off :)
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-24-2009, 10:15 AM
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Its quite clear why your horse wanted to lope lope lope. He hasn't been ridden in a while. Horses arn't machines. They are not consistant. If you don't work them for a while they are going to be hyper. Commen sense.
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Yes, he hadn't been ridden in 2 weeks, but Bozzy always behaves. I could put a 5yo on and he would be perfect and do what he's asked to do. I guess that being out of action and lame would have effected his playing in the paddock, and he wouldn't have been able to run arond with his paddock mates.
But, regardless if he is hyper or not, he should only lope when asked to, not because he wants to.
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My suggestion is perform a one-rein stop.

Lower your hand on the inside rein and bring it to your hip and hold it there until the horse gives his head. It's expected that he will turn and turn, but once his feet aren't moving and there is slack on the rein release immediately.

Toni instructed us to try that with Annie when she runs away and it worked wonders.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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