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post #1 of 5 Old 07-19-2019, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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I’ve had my 7 y/o QH mare for about 3 weeks now and as I’ve started groundwork with her I’ve noticed that when I’m leading her in the direction of the barn she starts to increase speed. How do I train her to slow down?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-19-2019, 06:05 PM
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She simply isn't paying that much attention to you. Lead her with something that will make her listen to you (like a rope halter rather than a flat one), and assert your authority. If she passes you, stop her and back her a few steps. Don't wait to correct her until she is way past you, one step past you is enough. She needs to learn to adjust her speed to yours. It won't be an instant fix nor a permanent one -- you'll need to be on top of this for a long time.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-19-2019, 07:03 PM
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or, turn about face, 180 degrees, if she passes you . Then walk along until she is good, then turn nice and slowly and in a larger arc, back toward the barn, and walk along at an even pace, neither rushing nor slowing, and if she passes you, turn around , as if you remembered you'd forgotten something back there, and walk off in the other direction.

She wil have to be ready to turn with you , and she'll get 'pulled on', and it's not comfy, and she'll think that she needs to stay back of you a bit to be able to watch you and get ready for any unexpected changes you do.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-20-2019, 12:53 PM
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My favourite leading video, and the one I've found most helpful (though I prefer to have the horse beside me and not behind me, but you can adapt the method really easily).

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-23-2019, 05:20 PM
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Maybe try carrying a crop, as soon as you feel her speeding up, tap the crop on her chest and stop her, make her back up so she's listening to what you want her to do then ask her to walk forward and repeat if necessary so she learns that if she does this she has to wait and work harder to get to where she wants. Hope this helps. 🙂

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