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post #11 of 17 Old 11-26-2014, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
This horse us not ready fir a good canter. Not like it's going to kill her or anything, but it won't be productive.

Go back to trot, shorten stirrups, and do many changes of direction and try to get her to relax. Bring you hands up, do not pooch butt out. Work toward getting her to relax, lower her head and get bend in her body.
I was going to say go back to the trot. There is no point in cantering at this point, its doing no good.

I am going through the same thing as you. I have a 9 year old very green horse who was a broodmare most of her life. We will be troting for a long time before I even think about cantering. Work on getting her collected, slowed down, balanced and thinking about what shes doing istead of running around the ring with no purpose.

that being said, she is beautiful. Looks like she will be a nice hosre :)
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post #12 of 17 Old 11-26-2014, 09:20 PM
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Not sure if this is just me, but it does look to me like your saddle is too forward? Idk, I can't really tell, but it's just a thought.
Shorten your stirrups and go back to the trot, like others have suggested. She is hollowing her back and sticking her nose in the air (most green horses do this, it's normal). Work on transitions, do figure8's, serpentines, etc. Once you think she has mastered that (and you), try out the canter and do the same thing.
Every green horse I've been in contact with is like this.
When you hit a road block, it's usually best to go back, practice all over again, and work on the road block another day and see if you can find out what little holes of training that would've caused that road block (makes sense?). I've had to do it several times with my gelding and now my mare, and it helps. Best of luck to you!!
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post #13 of 17 Old 11-26-2014, 11:14 PM
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I just want to point out that you aren't screaming and falling off. That's an accomplishment, ok? I mean, seriously, coming from the beginner eyes over here, you look great.

Something that my trainer told me when I started cantering was to do it in two point if I felt like I was bouncing around on their back. Well, actually, she just had me start in two point, because that was a given that I would bounce on their back. Sooo maybe that's something that would help you. I know riding a green horse is insane because they are all over the place. (I rode my horse back when he was green... twice.. )
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post #14 of 17 Old 11-27-2014, 08:05 PM
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I agree with those that have said this horse is not ready to canter. Go back to the trot and practice on a loose rein. Get your horse moving forward in a nice steady rhythm, on a long rein. If she speeds up, use one rein to circle her until she slows back down to the speed you had her at and then let her go again. Every time she speeds up only use one rein, by using both reins you are just giving her something to brace against so if you take that away she is going to have to learn to carry herself and maintain her own speed.
Don't fight with her, and don't worry about where her head is, as she relaxes she will naturally drop her head and then you can fine tune from there once you get the basics down.
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post #15 of 17 Old 12-02-2014, 09:30 PM
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I am with a lot of others here that she is not ready for canter work. She is just too choppy and tight. You need to work on stretching her down more and work her on a MUCH looser rein. As LynnF mentioned, just let her head drop and relax and let her STRETCH down. At first she is going to want to rush, but relax until she realizes she doesn't have to. Once she learns to relax (after several rides), then start working on flexing to the left and right. When she is supple and relaxed at the trot, then you can start working on the canter. Once she is relaxed in the trot and canter, you can slowly start to push her into the bit and let her seek the contact, but until then, she's all wrong.
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-11-2014, 11:03 AM
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I think a lot of long lining would be working in this horses favor. This horse needs to master the trot before even thinking of going into the canter. She is running around out of control at the canter. Really work on getting her to stretch down and relax at the trot, your riding style isn't much helping her either. Shorten your stirrups, raise and widen your hands, and be steady. Once you get her to the point where she can trot calmly stretching down and using her back and 'swinging' her trot instead of just running, then you can move on to the canter. In the canter I think it would help her more if you would raise up off of her back a little bit and get into a half seat. What I see here is a tense impatient rider creating a tense and out of control horse. It is going to take time to get the horse going, and it will be better for everyone in the long run if you do it correctly.
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post #17 of 17 Old 12-11-2014, 11:07 AM
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Adding on to first comment:
You're choking her, causing her to one, get annoying, but two be even MORE tense and hollow. Let her walk and trot on a loose rein.
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