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    02-22-2012, 10:18 PM
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Foal
Different leads?

So, I have noticed a weird "feeling/gate" when riding chester that started to feel like his front and back end were not synchronized. I lunged him today and really paid attention and that's exactly what is happening. I've NEVER experienced this before but sometimes (not every time) Chester will lope with his front end on the correct lead and his back end on a different lead. I didn't even know this was possible! Anyone have any experiece with this?
     
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    02-22-2012, 10:37 PM
  #2
Weanling
Is there any possibility he's lame?
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    02-22-2012, 10:38 PM
  #3
Showing
Yep, it's called crossfiring. Not terribly uncommon, especially among horses that are green, out of shape, unbalanced, or just unschooled in their leads.
     
    02-22-2012, 10:50 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Yep, it's called crossfiring. Not terribly uncommon, especially among horses that are green, out of shape, unbalanced, or just unschooled in their leads.
Ok good I'm glad its not something too serious! I just got this horse a couple months ago so he is all of the above, almost! So me bringing him down and then back up to the lope the correct way is probably the best way to fix this?
     
    02-22-2012, 10:55 PM
  #5
Ink
Weanling
Yes, I had this problem with my mare for a while. She would not pick up the right lead when I got her. She eventually got to where she would pick up the right lead in front but still be off in back. I did a lot of lunge work with her, making her stop and correct it every time she started cross firing. At first I would let her stop the first time she got it right, and progressed to making her get two and then three transitions right in a row. Everything started to click after a couple weeks of doing this consistently. But I had a lot more success correcting it from the ground than I did from the saddle.

Hope that helps.
     
    02-22-2012, 10:56 PM
  #6
Showing
Yes, for now. Does he pick up leads off your leg like he should or does he just pick up whichever lead he wants to at the time?
     
    02-22-2012, 11:16 PM
  #7
Foal
Ok thanks for the help!

He picks up leads the correct way, I notice it usually happens when I ask him for a flying lead change, its like his whole body doesn't change, or if he does something fast, like today I accidently spooked him when asking for a lope so he took off and it was like this. If I remember right I don't recall him ever doing this just going into a lope from a stop/walk/trot just flying changes.
     
    02-22-2012, 11:56 PM
  #8
Yearling
Im actually having this exact problem with my mare. I ask for a FLC and she crossfires EVERY time. Changes in front but not in back. I've tried everything, letting her stop and correct, working it out from a simple lead change, pushing her hips over.... how would you correct a crossfire when it comes to an unbalanced horse? She picks her leads up perfectly every time, isnt green, or out of shape..
     
    02-23-2012, 12:10 AM
  #9
Showing
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Originally Posted by TexasBlaze    
Im actually having this exact problem with my mare. I ask for a FLC and she crossfires EVERY time. Changes in front but not in back. I've tried everything, letting her stop and correct, working it out from a simple lead change, pushing her hips over.... how would you correct a crossfire when it comes to an unbalanced horse? She picks her leads up perfectly every time, isnt green, or out of shape..
Maybe stop asking for a flying lead change, transition to trot, set her up, and ask for canter again. Decrease the trot length as she gets better at picking it up.. then eventually ask for the FLC again.
     
    02-23-2012, 01:46 AM
  #10
Trained
I would do a LOT of expanded forehand turns. Sometimes a horse can get bound up in the hind end, loosening those muscles with 90 degree expanded forehand turns can really loosen them up.
     

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