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post #1 of 72 Old 11-06-2012, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Suggestions on flexing and bending exercises

I have a 14.2 hh liver chestnut quarter horse that has a crap load of gas! Lol I breakaway goat ty and heel off him and I am starting him on barrels and poles. He is very well broke and supple, but when I got around a barrel or pole unless we goo around it 2 or 3 times he sticks his head in the air bears his teeth and either knockes the barrel or goes really wide. I do use a tiedown and his teeth have been done. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 72 Old 11-06-2012, 01:20 AM Thread Starter
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he's only 12 yrs old too
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post #3 of 72 Old 11-06-2012, 10:10 AM
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1) How long have you been "training" him for barrels and poles?

2) What bit are you using?

3) Why do you choose to use a tie down on him for barrels and poles?

4) Has he been checked by a equine chiropractor?

5) Do you have a video? This would be easiest to see what is going on.
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What kind of bit does he use? O.o

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That sounds like an incredibly sore or sour horse, an overbitted horse, or one that is not ready to be out of the walk/trot if you ask me.

I can't think of a good trainer for you to look up right at this instant, but I don't want to give my person advice until we get the above questions by Beau and Mango answered....
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I have been training him for about 2 months but then he got sore so I had to start again so about 4 in total
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Im not sure what the bits called it was custom made by dave elliot for him
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I use a tie down on all my horses because it helps them balance properally
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What about the bit? Have you seen a chiro? Does your saddle fit? How are you setting him up for the turn? Video?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Yes our personal equine chiropactor works on all our horses every month :) and I will upload a video asap!
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