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Do you have any suggestions on how to slow a horse down without yanking at her mouth ? She’s really strong.

Do you have any suggestions on how to slow a horse down without yanking at her mouth ? She’s really strong.
Start with transitions within the trot collecting/working/extending and then apply it to the canter.

Yanking is never a good choice as it can hurt your horse and often start a fight causing them to go faster. Use simple half halts in a rhythm and as your horse responds make the half halts less frequent
Caoimhe Sweeney, Eventing
I have the same problem with my horse, he’s super strong. What has helped is doing a ton of transitions and also getting him in front of the leg and moving correctly, when he is truly moving forward and in the right way, downward transitions become a lot softer and easier. If she really doesn’t listen a momentarily fix would be to switch to a stronger bit for a little while and get her to really respond and respect your halts so you can then moving back to a softer bit.
Hi Caitlin., I don't know what discipline but a good tip generally is to play music, ride to the beat.and see how you get on. 😁
Is she charging off, or just speedy?
Try use your seat. When trotting, you don’t have to rise with the beat of your horse, if you slow your rise, you horse will slow down :)
@haley I was was talking more a canter, but thank you!
You can also slow your post down
@lauren Dunn thank you! I’ll try this next time I ride her
Squeeze with your thighs and sit back, also apply a little pressure on the mouth but you shouldn’t need to yank
Hope this helps 🙂