One of the major things I’m working on with Candy is two-point position. Candy’s default response to it is to increase her speed. My guess is that her response is the result of a couple of factors. Two-point shifts my weight forward, and Candy must adjust her balance accordingly. Two-point may also remind her of a jockey’s position. My leg pushes against her more firmly in two-point, too.
We worked on two-point for about half an hour on Sunday. I would get into position at the trot, and every time Candy would zoom off, I’d make a large circle, half-halt, and encourage her to slow down with my voice. I also practiced upward and downward transitions between the walk and trot as well as trotting over a few ground poles. For the most part, she listens pretty well, but I’m hoping that with time and repetition, her initial reaction won’t be dramatically changing her pace.
Have you ever dealt with a horse who interpreted two-point as “GO FAST NOW”? Are there any exercises I should be incorporating to help with this issue?