Why You Don’t Need to Panic When Your Horse “Falls Apart” During Your Ride

Horse Listening

And I’m not talking about the panic you might feel emotionally, or even mentally (that’s a subject for another time).

I’m talking more about your physical reaction – the kind that your horse interprets as going into panic mode.

Let’s say you are  working on transitions. You are going to the left at the trot, and you want your horse to pick up the canter at C, canter through the corner and down the rail to a 20 meter circle at E.  This is a standard series of movements for Training Level in dressage, but could be worked on for any discipline.

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Has this ever happened to you?

In this scenario, your horse begins to scramble at your canter aid. Instead of reaching deeper underneath the body, rounding through your half-halt and striking off with the outside hind into a balanced canter, he goes faster faster faster, becoming…

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