Pony can get a little hot. Some days she's totally normal, and some days she has more trouble than others.
I can usually always deal with her, its not really a big deal. I have, however, been having one main struggle that I am finally admitting I need some advice on. I have a lesson with my trainer tomorrow, and I will in fact talk to her about it, but the truth is, that I am doing everything correctly, and really need some crazy off the wall suggestion.
Her biggest problem is that after we lope, her trot gets CRAZY.
She will have a huge bouncy trot, then realize that we aren't going to canter again and slow down to a barely moving trot, then try and get really really big and fast again, and I have SUCH a hard time managing her trot after the canter.
She anticipates the canter, and I have done a heck of a lot of stuff to let her know that we don't always canter.
Here are the things that will probably be the first suggestions that people have, that I have in fact been doing :
- We don't always lope from the same spot. Sometimes its a corner, sometimes its a straight, sometimes we lope in a line, sometimes we do small circles, sometimes we do big circles, etc.
- We don't always lope from the same gait. Sometimes its from a halt, sometimes its from a walk, sometimes its from a trot.
- I do a lot of trot work, its not like the only time we trot is when I'm getting ready for a lope.
- We don't always do the same thing before we lope. For example, we don't always do a figure 8 trot and then lope, or do two circles and lope, or anything.
- After we get done loping, we do a lot of trot work before she gets to cool out at a walk.
- I never ask her for a lope again if she's doing a crazy trot. I always wait until she calmed down and focused on me, so clearly I am telling her that she will get what she wants when she settles down.
Basically, I switch it up a lot and give her different stuff to do and definitely do not make a set routine. She just really wants to lope. A lot of times, when I am posting after we lope if shes giving me a crazy trot, she will just start to lope again, I will relax and close my fingers, and she gives me the slowest most pathetic lope I have ever felt, and I know she knows what I want.
Anyways, does anyone have any off the wall advice with what to do? Ripping her mouth off won't help, she will get pissed and end up crazy trotting the second I give her reins again, its really a matter of getting her refocused, and she has been getting better about this. Maybe once every 5 rides she will do this, its definitely not every time. I think part of it is that usually she does this most at night, when she has food in her corral, and I think she thinks that the faster she gets through the ride the faster she can go back and eat.
I think it will take more time of me riding her, its still only been a few months since I've been riding her. She is still figuring me out, maybe she thinks if she does it long enough, she will get away with it....not with me my darling pony :)