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    03-20-2012, 10:37 PM
Originally Posted by hisangelonly    
I don't know. I just want to know if it needs to be fixed and how to fix it.
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I just realized how my original question could have read as really snarky lol. I didn't mean it to sound like that at all, I meant like I was wondering if it was a problem when horses do that, just out of my own curiosity, not trying to be criticizing the topic or anything. I don't know if that makes sense haha I just felt bad when I reread my post and realized how rude it could sound. :P
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    03-21-2012, 12:00 AM
Oh haha I didn't read it as rude. I just really don't know. It looks wield when horses do it though.
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    03-21-2012, 12:01 AM
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    03-21-2012, 06:04 PM
Originally Posted by hisangelonly    
I don't know. I just want to know if it needs to be fixed and how to fix it.
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Cross cantering on the lunge isn't a huge deal as long as it doesn't carry over under saddle. THe horse is simply unbalanced on the lunge, or lazy in that he isn't using himself properly. If you are just trying to bleed off energy I wouldn/t worry too much. If you are actually lunging for conditioning then yes, you want to correct the cross cantering by getting the horse to trot again and then asking for the correct lead canter.

Remember to make a triangle while lunging. You are the high point of the triangle and should be positioned just behind the horse's shoulder. The horse's nose (with lunge line attached) is the second angle of the triangle and your extended arm with the lunge whip positioned to the back of the horse behind the haunches is the third angle. This encourages the horse to use his back end and bend around the circle instead of just "moving" around in a circle. I attach the line the same way, to the loose ring under the chin...that way I can get the horse to change directions without having to switch the line. If I use a lunging caveson then I attach the lunge line to the center ring on the nose.
    03-21-2012, 06:45 PM
Oh okay thank you. He doesn't do it under saddle so I guess that's good lol
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    03-21-2012, 06:51 PM
Just curious, why is it considered bad/unbalanced if a horse has a disunited/rotary gallop? I can see why it would be so at the canter, because of the rhythm, but it's so common for dogs and other animals to have a rotary gallop. Obviously horses aren't dogs, but it just doesn't look unbalanced to my eye for the opposite hind leg to lead, perhaps because I'm used to canines galloping in such a way.
    03-21-2012, 07:06 PM
If your horse cross canters under saddle and you are going around a corner you can feel the imbalance. If the horse is on the correct lead in front and the outside lead in back, they can't get that inside hind under them for that nicely balanced bend. In the opposite, with the front lead wrong and the hind correct, the horse is going to pop the shoulder to the outside which is also going to cause an imbalance in the turn.

Now, my horse, on the lunge at least, if he gets a burr in his tail about something and decides he wants to try and yank me off my feet, he will swap in front and then pull to the outside. He has a lot more leverage being on that outside lead in front at that point :) and he is really good at doing it with no forewarning. He'll be cantering nicely and then just swaps and goes sideways.

I also notice that if my horse cross canters he tends to kick himself in the leg. This probably happens due to the stride in the canter and the cross action.
    03-21-2012, 11:07 PM
Wow that sounds like a rough work out! I'd hate to be dragged around because my horse has a burr lol.
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