Abbie Garber Jumping | 7 Questions | 17 Answers

Whenever my mare starts cantering she always pins her ears back, and goes faster. When I try to slow her down she will toss her head. Does anyone have any ideas to help stop this?

Whenever my mare starts cantering she always pins her ears back, and goes faster. When I try to slow her down she will toss her head. Does anyone have any ideas to help stop this?
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Could be a discomfort issue. Make sure your saddle fits right and have a chiropractor check your horses back. If that's not the case, it's could be a dental issue.
Do a lot of half halts, and play with her mouth and sit back.
Does she do it on a lunge line? I'm honestly a big believer in getting it on the ground first. That way you're not in the same danger as you are on her back. If it's only under saddle and not caused by anything physical try "taking away her engine" by making a small circle and disengaging the hind end a little, then ask her to go out of it at your pace
Make sure your saddle fits properly.
Just let her go however fast she wants and don't let her go back to the trot until she relaxes and slows down
If you know it's a training issue not a health issue you can try turning her in a circle till she calms down. Make the circle big enough for her to stay cantering but small enough that she has to slow down.
It could be a discomfort issue, it is very hard to say without seeing the horse move. You could try to have her adjusted by a chiropractor to first rule that out, then if it is still there you could consult your veterinarian to see if it is something else like teeth that have been causing it.
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