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post #1 of 5 Old 10-03-2010, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question HELP ME? (my horse rams into corners when cantering)

Basically my lightly pregnant mare that has been out of work for 2 and half years is being brought back into it all. I've only been riding her for a week or so but have come accross a real issue where she rams into a corner of the school when asked to canter. Any suggestions on how to stop her doing this? She is 11 years old, so it's not something to be 'grown out of'.
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-03-2010, 07:48 PM
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Maybe, you could work on exercises (sp?) that makes her listen to you leg (ex. leg yield) and work on circles so you have control of her shoulders then when you go into the corner you bend her to the inside, tighten the outside rein slightly (to keep her shoulders in check), and put some outside leg on. I hope that makes sense.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-03-2010, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, it all made sense except what excersises would you suggest? (sp, leg yeild, I don't know what that is).
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-03-2010, 08:09 PM
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Throughout your riding do circles and use lots of leg as well as rein if needed. Do circles at the slower paces until she gets to where she is soft and giving you her face before you speed her up then once you get her cantering continue with the circles do them randomly if you are coming to a corner make her circle there until she gives you her face and softens up also serpentenes(sp) may help with getting her to pay attention to your leg aswell.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-03-2010, 08:34 PM
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A leg yeild is difficult to explain... So I would just suggest that you don't try it because it can hurt more than it can help. Instead, do alot of different sized circles so you can have more control over her.

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