How do I control my horse from galloping from a loose rein?

I can canter my horse pretty slow, but not on a loose rein. she just takes liberty and gallops. what do I do? no tricks or gimmicks to force her to slow down, I want a calm, propelled from the behind kind of lope. I also will NOT take any bit advice, unless someone suggests a snaffle. Thanks!

Asked By: Cass D - 5/4/2010
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I don't know what discipline you ride (english or western) but when you give your horse a "loose rein" you are essentially telling your horse that she has the control and freedom to decide what pace to set and what direction to go in and that is exactly what she is doing. Reins are a communication tool used for... More
Answered By: SummerSea - 5/4/2010
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who cares!
Answered By: Hemza S - 5/4/2010
Your never aloud to let the horse run on a loose rein, it gives the horse complete control, your always supposed to hold the reins tightly and show the horse who's boss.
Answered By: Maritchka - 5/4/2010
you can collect the canter in a circle until she calms down a bit? or stop her when she begins to get faster, not roughly, just pull her up.. but some horses are just hot and want to goooo
Answered By: grape - 5/4/2010
I would get an offset D ring snaffle. I love those bits! They're really good for training and when the horse gets older. If isn't harsh but it's not easily ignored if you get after them a little bit. Here's a picture of one... More
Answered By: *Caution: Fresh Paint* - 5/4/2010
I have been having the same issue with my 5 yr. old W.P. horse. My dad is a trainer and gets alot of people wanting their horse to slow down just like your talking about. In W.P. i need to ride with a loose rein and Mac is always wanting to take the freedom to go into a gallop instead of a little slow W.P. lope... More
Answered By: Sarah - 5/4/2010
well in the first place, you really shouldnt have your horse on a loose rein, that can be dangerous. you should always have contact with the bit, you can sit deep in your seat and lean back, have a tighter rein, half halt all the time, and dont let your horse get to a gallop unless you as for one. if the horse starts... More
Answered By: Lexi - 5/4/2010
Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. When your horse gains too much speed, immediately shut her down with a one rein stop (never pull on two reins in a snaffle or to stop your horse). Then begin again. Repeat. Horses learn quickly and she will learn what you expect of her. it is the horse's... More
Answered By: Barefoottrimmer - 5/4/2010
try a tom thumb with copper, they work great. when ever she starts to go too fast just tighten up or pick up your reins and remind her you still have control... More
Answered By: ~Nighthorse_Cowgirl~ - 5/4/2010
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