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    10-07-2011, 11:08 AM
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HI everyone,

I am currently riding a 5year old QH mare for a good friend. She has a terrible trot, which feels like she is convulsing. She is completely sound and healthy and I cannot to anything to smooth out her trot! She has a wonderful canter and gallop. Is there anything I can do to smooth out her trot? Please help! I'm Supposed to ride her today!!!
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    10-07-2011, 12:17 PM
Videos would help
    10-07-2011, 12:18 PM
Do you have a picture of her? She may just be built in such a way that her trot is going to be bumpy (straight shoulder comes to mind).
    10-07-2011, 01:38 PM
The mare maybe hollowing her back from withers to her rump at the trot. What you need to do is to try by collecting the mare to use her hind quarters underneather herself to help her round up her back from withers to rump. You can do this by lunging her with a snaffle bridle or riding her in a round pen with a snaffle bridle to help her use her back muscles more so than with the help of the snaffle bridle. By my referrence of snaffle bridle, I am meaning a bridle and bit with no leverage whatsoever.
    10-07-2011, 02:29 PM
Just by lunging a horse in a snaffle bridle does not guarantee they are going to "round" if they have never been taught they wont know how and will not do it.
    10-07-2011, 03:03 PM
Well, here's a small positive thought:

I read somewhere that when judgeing a horse to buy, you should base your yes /no based on how good the horse's canter is, because it's very hard to change or improve a horse's canter, but it's much easier to imrove ahorse's trot.

More than likely she is used to moving in a certain hollowed out way, and though she is sound, it could be that the saddle doesn't fit so well. Or, she just is built in such a way that it'll be a hard trot to ride.

Is she perchance very wide in the chest? Post a video .

And yes, getting her to round up would help, but it's nowhere near as simple as just putting her in a snaffle and riding or lunging in a snaffle. Just out of curiousity, what bit are you riding her in now?
    10-07-2011, 03:26 PM
I never meant to suggest that a one time training session would correct a choppy trot, or hollowed back situation. I am speaking from experience with my QH mare who I got when she was an 8 y/o and is now a senior 24 y/o. When I got her home in '95 she had an upside-side-down neck from having been started and ridden most all her previous life with a western tie-down. I started training her out of the tie down first with switching to a snaffle bit and donut rubber side-reins on the 25 foot side-reins in my round pen. It actually took me several months to a full year or so of retraining to get her and I on the same page.

We, she and I did eventually do some English snaffle bridle and Dressage training. I had two different Dressage trainers ask to ride her in the Dressage tack and were surprised with her response to their cues.

MTA: No it is not as simple as changing bits. In retraining my mare I started with a snaffle and went from there as she and I progressed.
    10-07-2011, 03:32 PM
Yes, it can be done. It must have been quite a transformation.
    10-07-2011, 03:42 PM
The change/transformation of my horse was for a fact a remarkable transition from my first getting her. I also had many compliments from other horse owners who had any interaction with my girl and I.
    10-20-2011, 11:40 AM
You could start her on a lounge line with side reins and start asking her to round and give you flection through her neck. You should look to make sure her saddle fits her because that could be a factor in her movement. Switching bits might help as she may not like what you have her on now, but it is not going to fix everything right away.
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