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    06-09-2012, 03:48 PM
Circling help?

The current horse I have always cuts off the last part of the circle, the first part is always nice and round, but at the second part it gets straight and not "pretty". I have tried different things but he always either over corrects or doesnt listen? What are some of the ways ya'll get your horses to do really nice circles?
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    06-09-2012, 06:41 PM
Put your weight in ur foot on the outside. DO NOT lean though. And pressure on the inside calf and foot.and look to wear you want to go.
    06-09-2012, 07:47 PM
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Your horse flatteningthe circle is probably due to falling in on the circle. If you know where this usually occurs, like if the gate is the magnet that pulls him out of true, then prepare and get him really onto his outside rein BEFORE it occurs. Make sure he is flexed to the inside, more weight into outside stirrup and you can put so much inside leg on that you actually get a little bit of leg yield to the outside, (over correcting, at first). But, the point is to start these corrections before the horse has already fallen into the circle.
    06-09-2012, 10:27 PM
To add to TinyLiny... pay attention to how you ride the last part of the circle. Do you subtly change your aids or focus on getting back to the rail? Ou may be unintentionally thinking ahead and your horse is responding. If you ride the circle another half turn around, what happens?
    06-10-2012, 01:03 AM
Thanks for the help! And so my knowledge I don't change how I ride, he just likes to fall in the circle and not get out back to the rail. So he's more going for the spiral movement, thus not finishing the circle where we started. When I try using my legs to correct him before he starts closing in, he over corrects and makes it wider than neccissary, if I use reins he does the same
    06-10-2012, 03:38 PM
I have a horse who has a weak shoulder, and would like to make every circle a diminishing curve. I let her go once, and she just kept going in till she stopped. So I started her on leg-yields until she was pretty good at that.

Then back to the circle: I let her start coming into the circle, then leg-yielded her out. If she went straight, off the circle, that was okay. The point was to get her thinking leg-yield instead of spiraling in, and stretching/strengthening her in a non-confrontational way. Getting her to take the weight on her weak shoulder has not been easy, but the more you do it, the easier it gets.

The hardest part has been patience, and not over-doing it to the point where she could get sore. That would ruin everything!
    06-12-2012, 12:26 PM
Make sure she's bending the whole way around. Use your outside leg, and your inside rein. It may just take lots of practice. One thing to help you get the hang of it is to take a stick before the lesson, and draw a 20-meter circle in the sand of your arena. This will act as a guideline.
Good luck.
    06-12-2012, 02:26 PM
I didnt think about drawing a line in the sand! That's a really good idea, thank you! I'll try it! And thanks for all ya'lls help!

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