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post #11 of 18 Old 09-03-2010, 08:32 PM
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I am another in total agreement with Anebel.
Herdbound, if this horse has eyesight problems that are causing it do drift to the wall, I will eat my own hand.
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post #12 of 18 Old 09-05-2010, 04:23 PM
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Does your horse know how to bend properly, or is he throwing his shoulder out in one direction? Does he try to do this at the trot? My own mare (very green) used to run me into the wall/fence all the time. The reason - one part of her body, namely her barrel or shoulder, was sticking out in that direction and I couldn't get it back in. Then, she didn't have the fine tuned body control to fix it. Now, she knows the cues to bring those body parts back into alignment but she will sometimes still have issues, mainly in the same direction your horse does as well. Why? Because she likes to drop/lean on her left shouder, and when she leans on her left shoulder while cantering to the right, we go right to the wall.

To correct it, look in the direction you are going, have an opening right rein, strong left leg driving to the right, and a balancing left rein. I often go back to work at the walk, trot, then canter and do spiral in's with her to the right, thinking about closing the circle down by using my outside aids to bring her in. You still keep the slight rightward bend, though. Then you spiral back out, driving them off the inside leg with a slight leg yield and concentraing on the bend, but keeping that balancing outside rein to prevent them from over bending. I have been known to ask for a leg yield at the canter is she is getting nasty about throwing that shoulder/barrel out to get them off that side.

Let me know if this doesn't make sense.
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post #13 of 18 Old 09-05-2010, 04:32 PM
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I'm confused. It this horse going straight into the wall or just dragging your leg on the rail. When I ride a young horse that drags my leg on the wall I kick my foot out of ths stirrup and push my foot off the wall. The horse staggers over a bit to the center of the ring and then doesn't work so close to the wall anymore. If your seat is secure you should be ablt to do this.
If the horse keeps just walking or trotting directly into things then I don't know what to say
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post #14 of 18 Old 09-06-2010, 03:47 PM
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The only reason I suggested an eyesight problem is we had an Arabian who had a problem and was blind in one eye. She often scraped the blind side of her body into things...it is probably just an issue of an unbalanced horse. One that has been worked primarily on one side rather than equally on both but I am a firm beliver of always making sure there isn't a physical problem causing the issue before assuming it is a dominace or training problem.
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post #15 of 18 Old 09-07-2010, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everyone for your replies!

I just rode her again on Sunday, and my instructor doesn't seem to think it is anything that I'm doing (or not doing). She thinks that the horse is just not strong enough on her right side and it is throwing her off balance.

We are going to really start focusing on trotting and cantering to the right and hope that we can build her up a bit so that she feels more comfortable.

Thanks again for all your opinions!

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post #16 of 18 Old 04-26-2011, 06:13 PM
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If the mare continually puts you into a wall you should move onto a more gentle and kinder one. I'm sure the horse loves you despite it all and would love to ride off into the sunset with you. I'm currently looking for a horsetrainer in the Salt Lake area to join my new stables in California. Lid7239 you were recommended as the only person who could do this task. Please respond soon, thank you
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post #17 of 18 Old 05-03-2011, 12:17 AM
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I used to ride a horse that didnt want to stop my trainer had me literally run the horse into the wall until its nose was touching and then turn the horse in a circle and try again.After a while the horse learned to stop.
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post #18 of 18 Old 05-05-2011, 05:38 PM
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I would agree that the horse is probably stiff in one side making it harder for him to work on that direction. The horse I ride is a lot stiffer on one side and prefers to drift out or puts his shoulder out. Make sure your outside aids are strong enough and work on getting him to use himself properly on that rein. (at a trot before canter)


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