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        11-18-2011, 02:00 PM
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    Along with above advice on getting him to work down and forward, when you are cantering and he is doing that kind of "pronk" that some arabs do (I assume this is what you are talking about) , ask him for MORE forward, faster. If he is doing what I assume he is, then the canter becomes more of a two beat gait than a three beat. Pushing him faster might knock him out of that tight, little "pronk" and into a proper canter or hand gallop.

    Lots of hill work , if you have access.
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        11-18-2011, 02:05 PM
    Yeah it is like he is pushing me forward and up in a canter. He canters slowly and is very controllable so trying that would actually be easy :) thank you very much. I will try it today. If I had a digital camera I would take a video :(
        11-19-2011, 07:30 PM
    Some Arabians, though not all, have 5 lumbar vertebrae instead of the usual 6, and 17 pairs of ribs rather than 18, (quote from Wikipedia.)
    That can make them "bouncier." Having your horse relax his topline and stretch towards the bit should help smooth out his gait somewhat. Keep your hands soft and "inviting" to encourage that.
        11-19-2011, 07:42 PM
    I knew they had less vertebrae but I didnt know it made them bouncier
        11-19-2011, 08:26 PM
    I don't know anything about dressage training so I'll leave those types of suggestions to Anabel and the like.

    However, I would like to say that some horses just travel wonky...and often, they aren't pleasant. As frustrating as it may be to try to learn to ride properly on him, once you get it down, you'll have a seat to make many other folks jealous. If you can learn to sit a bumpy trot/canter and make it look good, then you'll be able to ride anything and make it look good.
        11-19-2011, 08:30 PM
    Yep that is what I am trying to accomplish :). Maybe one day I will be able to stay on him bareback. I can stay on my little mustangx bareback but not Zahir! He just has so much action

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