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post #11 of 16 Old 06-25-2012, 03:39 PM
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yes. I mean let him go sometimes. So, he is not always held in. make him go faster than he wants to go. A good way to get some feel for "brakes" is to push the accelerator a bit, then after a bit try brakes again and see if the horse is more willing to stop. Some horses need to GO more often. it's not fair to constantly ask them to go slow.
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Okay, I understand that. He does really like to go, and he loves to canter. I'll try that.
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How good are your hands. Prin and I had a similar issuesa while back. I wasn't following as well as I should have been. My instructor suggested either long rein or full contact. Riding with a loose contact doesn't work for us.
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So, today I rode, and he jigged around for a while at the beginning, then towards the end, once he was worked down a bit and relaxed, he quit, and walked fine on a little contact. I think he just needs to get his energy out, like some said...he's full of it!
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post #15 of 16 Old 07-03-2012, 03:22 PM
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My OTTB did this when I first got him, it was really annoying but it helped to realize that when he was on the track he was taught to brace against the bit and run through it.

You can try:

"Combing" your reins when you ride: Start while walking with a light contact during the warm up, ask your horse for an inside flexion (ride inside leg to outside hand and gently ask by opening up your inside rein. Opening up your inside rein will not allow you to "see-saw" at your horse's mouth creating even more issues). The moment he gives (back should soften and his stride will slow down) release your inside "forgiving" rein. Keep working on this and your horse will learn that contact does not mean "go" and that if he makes the contact he is rewarded by a release. Once you get this down at the walk, do it at the trot. This teaches your horse to "stand out" to the hand and accept the bit. Eventually you should be able to drop your reins and your horse should stretch his head and neck to the ground. Keep working on these until there is no difference in rhythm and pace between riding on a loose rein and riding with contact. He will stop jigging when he realizes that there is nothing to be anxious about when you pick up a contact.
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post #16 of 16 Old 07-03-2012, 05:06 PM
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You have taught him that if he jigs, he goes fast.

So as soon as he starts to jig halt him. Make certain it is a square halt. If he starts to get antsy at halt a few steps of walk BEFORE he moves a hoof, then halt again. No trot work until he halts AND walks when YOU want him to - not when he wants to.
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