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        06-13-2014, 08:44 PM
      #1
    Nya
    Foal
    Unhappy Horse slows down while racing.. need help!

    Hi everyone :) luckily enough I'm not having real problems with my horse now, but he took a frustrating habit and I need your advice!

    I love racing with friends in the fields.. We used to always win, I just gave him the start and he would do the rest
    During the last months we haven't raced for a long time (our favourite places were muddy, but I kept up normal work), and often went on trail rides with a friend of mine. She uses to gallop quite fast on hard ground and asphalt roads, and since I really don't like it I always keep my horse back and let her go ahead doing whatever she wants..

    Now I noticed that whenever we race my horse keeps himself behind for 1 or 2 metres! And no matted if I squeeze with my legs.. no matter how fast the other horse goes!Faster or slower, he always gallops 2 metres behind.. and we lose every single race..! It seems like he feels like he's not competing at all.. (now he is much more in shape than he was last year, and during trails and arena work he's full of energy!)
    I know he can do better.. Any advice is very welcome! :(
         
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        06-15-2014, 08:30 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Perhaps a hoof or shoeing problem? Test his hooves for sensitivity, maybe he can not handle the constant pounding on the hard ground, although I assume he has shoes if you do that.
         
        06-16-2014, 09:17 AM
      #3
    Weanling
    Chances are, your horse is only doing what you trained him to do: stay behind the horse in front of him.

    If you really want to race him, you will probably have to begin by working on your own encouraging him to run faster. If he comes to enjoy this, he may try to do this again later when running with other horses.
         
        06-17-2014, 07:25 AM
      #4
    Nya
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Midnite711    
    Perhaps a hoof or shoeing problem? Test his hooves for sensitivity, maybe he can not handle the constant pounding on the hard ground, although I assume he has shoes if you do that.
    Although he is shoed and his hooves are fine I never race him on hard or slippery ground, only on dirt, sand or grass! When other people race on concrete, I always keep him back and let them go by, that's probably why he always does this :(
         
        06-17-2014, 07:28 AM
      #5
    Nya
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TXhorseman    
    Chances are, your horse is only doing what you trained him to do: stay behind the horse in front of him.

    If you really want to race him, you will probably have to begin by working on your own encouraging him to run faster. If he comes to enjoy this, he may try to do this again later when running with other horses.
    I think you are right!I'll try on my own! How would you do it? I don't use spurs so I only have leg and voice to help! And if really needed, a crop! Thank you :)
         
        06-17-2014, 07:40 AM
      #6
    Weanling
    I'm not big on racing because it can so easily be overdone to the detriment of the horse. Horses in nature usually only do short sprints to get away from predators. However, I will point out that you also have your body to influence your horse. You should always try to allow your body to move in rhythm with your horse. Once your horse becomes accustomed to your two bodies moving as one, you can influence his motions by altering yours. Remember, also, that speed is influenced by both the rapidity of the leg motion and the length of stride.
         
        06-17-2014, 11:37 AM
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    Nya
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by TXhorseman    
    I'm not big on racing because it can so easily be overdone to the detriment of the horse. Horses in nature usually only do short sprints to get away from predators. However, I will point out that you also have your body to influence your horse. You should always try to allow your body to move in rhythm with your horse. Once your horse becomes accustomed to your two bodies moving as one, you can influence his motions by altering yours. Remember, also, that speed is influenced by both the rapidity of the leg motion and the length of stride.
    Thank you for answering :) we don't often race, it only happens when we are a group and find a nice field during our trails! I only wish I could make my horse listen better to my leg when asking for faster stride..! he's responsive only up to a certain point (more or less little behind the other horse)
         

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