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Help for the horse who loves to jog

There are a cou­ple of things you need to think about when try­ing to stop your horse jog­ging. First of all, learn to re­lax. If you’re feel­ing tense, you’re likely to hang on to the rein and take your leg off, which will make your horse ner­vous and more likely to jog – mak­ing you even more tense! If you feel pretty re­laxed but your horse is still jog­ging, try the ex­er­cise be­low to help him chill out.

Teach him to re­lax

An easy and ef­fec­tive method to get your horse to calm down is to cir­cle him. If you’re school­ing, every time he starts to jog, turn him in to­wards the cen­tre of the school on a 10m cir­cle and back to the track. This handy trick can even be used while out hack­ing. Every time he jogs, turn him in a small cir­cle and he’ll soon re­alise it’s eas­ier for him to walk in a straight line than it is to keep go­ing round and round.

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