How do I slow down my horse without compromising good riding?
Scenario: Super forward fast fast horse has no real brakes, in a round pen understands verbal cues, under saddle does not. Found out that he has some back soreness issues due to bad riding from a handsy and unbalanced and pretty aggressive rider. However he also had some anxiety prior to all this, so the cycle of anxiety, pain and improper riding worsened the situation. Horse has been going like this for years. He’s with now, giving him time off, some massage therapy etc. Planning on chiro and acupuncture next.
But for the future, how do I get a forward horse to lift his back and go forward correctly? Getting a horse to lift his back requires some leg… so what can I work on to help him lift his back versus him running off faster and faster due to leg pressure. Assuming once his pain issues go away and he’s still super forward. Any advice is much appreciated!!