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        03-22-2013, 11:22 PM
      #141
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    Out off-and into canter has improved a lot. Definitely de- pretzeled.
         
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        03-25-2013, 10:44 PM
      #142
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    Just a side note....not as good today. Hard for her to canter to the left and trotting was not as smooth.:(
         
        03-25-2013, 10:46 PM
      #143
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    I wouldn't worry too much. We have off- days, too.
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        03-31-2013, 12:07 PM
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    After a few days of disappointment where Snickers seemed to regress, I was pleasently surprised when I lunged her yesterday. I went into it thinking it would only be a few minutes in the roundpen, like last week when I could have cried. However, I was elated when I worked with her. I would say the best moment was the transition downward from the canter to the trot. Last week she couldn't even canter a few strides. And, cantering to the left for her looked impossible. Yesterday I cantered her and she held it fine. During the downward transition to the trot, I pushed her to hold her trot and she did great. Usually she falls out of it and her feet get all twisted from the canter. So it was a good day for sure.
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        03-31-2013, 02:37 PM
      #145
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    There ya go!
         
        04-03-2013, 09:16 PM
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    The last two lunging sessions have made me very happy. Snickers continues to have smoother downward transitions in all gaits, not perfect, but so much better than before.

    At the canter she now holds it and rarely gets her legs tangled up, bunny hops or turn her butt towards the inside of the circle shaping her body like a coma. When she is at the trot and I ask for the canter, she does sometimes look right at me first and pin her outer ear while having her inner ear on me. Wasn't sure if that meant she was uncomfortable or just arguing. Cantering to the left before was nearly impossible. She does well now, but does sometimes lead with her rt hind and has to switch legs when she finally seems to realize how odd it is to lead with the outside hind leg.

    So overall, I am happy. Let me know if any of the above notes mean anything in particular. Can't wait to show the next video soon!
         
        04-03-2013, 11:41 PM
      #147
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    That sounds really really good!!!
         
        04-03-2013, 11:47 PM
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    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    That sounds really really good!!!
    Desert....would her leading with her wrong hind leg at the canter just be a young horse/unbalanced thing? What about her pinning that outside ear when asked to canter? She is going through her 'I can possibly try and be the boss of you for a minute' thing sometimes....sooooo....maybe she is just being a little bratty? I think if it was pain it would be more extreme....idk.
         
        04-03-2013, 11:54 PM
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    Originally Posted by Oldhorselady    
    Desert....would her leading with her wrong hind leg at the canter just be a young horse/unbalanced thing? What about her pinning that outside ear when asked to canter? She is going through her 'I can possibly try and be the boss of you for a minute' thing sometimes....sooooo....maybe she is just being a little bratty? I think if it was pain it would be more extreme....idk.
    many young horses have balance problems, she's probably no exception. Then add that she couldn't do it at all. Just watch for progress.
    She could be just bratty, she could be mad at herself, she could still be in the " but I can't" mode.
         
        04-04-2013, 12:14 AM
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    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    many young horses have balance problems, she's probably no exception. Then add that she couldn't do it at all. Just watch for progress.
    She could be just bratty, she could be mad at herself, she could still be in the " but I can't" mode.
    It's so funny....I try not to be creepy attached/emotional with them. But, if I could put captions with some of their looks, it would be hilarious. When I ask Snickers to canter, she turns to look at me with both eyes first, but still keeps going forward.....I would say that she is saying, "But Mom, you know when I do that I look like an ass!" Then she actually does it now, and looks decent, and surprises us both I think!....lol.
         

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