The Horse Forum banner

Big Fast to Small Slow Issue

1532 Views 3 Replies 4 Participants Last post by  Knave
My gelding likes to dive when we transition into our small slow.

I don't want to get after him as speed control is something he's just starting to nail consistently. My usual go to is to D him across or, if he's diving badly, I'll stop and do a single spin to the outside but I'm.worried about him taking that as a speed control correction vs his diving.

We ride lots of squares and diamonds to keep his shoulders up in warm up, lots of counter bending as well. He's a very soft (body, mouth, and mind) horse but extremely athletic and quick.

I ride in an argentinian snaffle. We do speed control throughout our ride (on a large, down a straight, center, 3/4, ect) just not in big to small.

Any help would be appreciated!

He is vet, dental, and massage cleared
1 - 1 of 4 Posts
I am more like @COWCHICK77 in that when I am teaching it, I don’t keep it a center thing. I will do transitions throughout a circle in whatever size. So, I may be running a big fast type circle, and then ask for a slow 1/4 of it, no change in size. I get the “slow” part good first, and then the transition itself good. It seems hard to hold a really good slow for a full circle at first anyways, so that’s why I practice it in small bits.

My circle may be warm up speed with 1/4 fast and then a 1/4 warm up and 1/4 slow, and keep doing that. Eventually your slow is really good, and your transition is really good up or down, so you put it into the pattern. Since they are used to you transitioning within the same circle or straight, I personally have never had them duck.

I practice transitions all the time! I might be just going down the road and practicing them. They are so good!
  • Like
Reactions: 2
1 - 1 of 4 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.