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  • Reason for horse throwing hea while cantering
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    08-13-2013, 09:31 PM
  #1
Foal
Cantering

Does any horse like to canter?

I've noticed since I've been cantering her its like she throws her head likes she's going to buck but she doesnt, or she will pin her ears back and continue to go into it but. I have a comfort zone within the area we work which is along the fence, well that became hers too, so I tried getting her out in the open a little and at first she wouldnt then I bribed her sayiung if we do this one more time I will walk you til you cool down have treats for you in the barn and ill unsaddle you and let you be for the night and give your dog back to you. Then she did it she cantered in the open, and I went along with my promise, of that being the end. And she still came up to me nuzzled me.

But on a good note you can tell she is my horse, because my brother in law when he gets on her he makes her canter, and she hates him, but when I canter her she still comes up to me, one time he got her so pissy when my neice got on her she wouldnt listen and barely do anything with her but when I got on her she tried to be stubborn and not do anything and at that moment I started to trot her then she kept wanting to go to the barn and not leave the area then we had a come to jesus moment, and after that she did fine with me and only me.
     
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    08-13-2013, 09:38 PM
  #2
Yearling
My mare does all of this too. She pins her ears flat against her head, throws her head up sometimes and snarls. Nothing is medically wrong with her she's just grouchy! Lol We have many come to jesus moments in my BO's front yard where we ride (makeshift arena!) and gather many a spectator. Anyone else rides her and it's game on (cept for kiddos) with me she's an angel mostly. Lol

As a side note I did almost want to kill her when she decided to feign that she was deadly lame in front of clients and such. She hobbled around on three legs after being perfectly sound when we were riding ten minuets ago. After many a search we determined she wants to be an actress. She still does it when she thinks she can get someone to yell at me -_-.

Is your mare a QH by any chance? Lol maybe it's a breed thing and we need a support group?

Love hearing about your progress btw!
     
    08-13-2013, 09:55 PM
  #3
Green Broke
"Does any horse like to canter?"

Technically, no. They "like" to eat, sleep and poop. Sometimes, make babies.

They will canter for various reasons. They will in play, more so with geldings than mares. They will if the herd is moving together. They will to get away, from either a predator or higher up horse. And sometimes they will when we ask them. More usually with better trained horses.

With your horses, the head tossing and ear pinning are clear signs of their refusal to want to work for you. Very possibly based with a respect issue. But basically a temper tantrum.

If your horse is a seasoned and well trained horse, the refusal is most likely because they have been spoiled and have been let to get away with things. If the horse is green, they are testing you to see if you really mean what you ask of them and if they really have to do it or not.
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    08-13-2013, 10:08 PM
  #4
Trained
If your horse is out of shape, she could be in pain and cantering would only exacerbate it. Just a thought based on your other post questioning her weight.
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    08-13-2013, 10:17 PM
  #5
Weanling
Both mine love to canter. One moreso than the other. But yes, they enjoy it.

The only time that there are any problems are when they are in pain. One just plain won't go and the other will hunch over, canter and then buck.

If the horse is unfit or in pain then it won't be an enjoyable experience for her.
Cantering is like running for us... if you are unfit, it will be hard. How much cantering are you doing? She could be tired. :)
     
    08-13-2013, 10:53 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by NaeNae87    
Both mine love to canter. One moreso than the other. But yes, they enjoy it.

The only time that there are any problems are when they are in pain. One just plain won't go and the other will hunch over, canter and then buck.

If the horse is unfit or in pain then it won't be an enjoyable experience for her.
Cantering is like running for us... if you are unfit, it will be hard. How much cantering are you doing? She could be tired. :)
Well we only canter like 800-1000 feet, then we walk to other side and do it again.
     
    08-13-2013, 10:56 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by Incitatus32    
My mare does all of this too. She pins her ears flat against her head, throws her head up sometimes and snarls. Nothing is medically wrong with her she's just grouchy! Lol We have many come to jesus moments in my BO's front yard where we ride (makeshift arena!) and gather many a spectator. Anyone else rides her and it's game on (cept for kiddos) with me she's an angel mostly. Lol

As a side note I did almost want to kill her when she decided to feign that she was deadly lame in front of clients and such. She hobbled around on three legs after being perfectly sound when we were riding ten minuets ago. After many a search we determined she wants to be an actress. She still does it when she thinks she can get someone to yell at me -_-.

Is your mare a QH by any chance? Lol maybe it's a breed thing and we need a support group?

Love hearing about your progress btw!

Thanks for the advice, no she is an arabian, she don't act lame in front of others but if she knows someone else is watching she will trip over her feet on purpose like im position is good and I have weight in the saddle and her head up. So I know she does it because she can, because when no one else is around she wont do it.
     
    08-13-2013, 11:11 PM
  #8
Trained
Yes, horses can enjoy cantering. Sometimes too much. Mine get bored with cantering in circles, but get competitive on a trail - too competitive, which is something we're trying to work on.

My horses pinned their ears and were pissy about cantering when I bounced on their backs.

I like this quote from an old thread:

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Originally Posted by maura    
Riding the canter correctly and well in a full seat is difficult, and many more riders do it badly than do it well. As Allison stated above, it requires a degree of abdominal fitness, as well as correct position, relaxation and a good understanding of gait mechanics and how the horse's back moves. That's out of reach for a lot of recreational riders. I would much rather see an elementary or intermediate rider cantering in half seat, allowing the horse to move freely, than someone attempting and failing a full following seat and punishing the horse's back in the process.

There is nothing inherently insecure about riding the canter in half-seat or two point as long as the rider is in balance.

Riding the canter in half seat

If I start the canter in a half-seat, and then transition to a following seat, I do a lot better and my horses are a lot happier. YMMV.
     
    08-17-2013, 03:22 AM
  #9
Weanling
My boy will canter all day if I let him, and we had to work through a period where he would try to launch into a canter every time I asked for a trot. The lesson horse I rode before him, though, would give me the ear-pinning. To me it just seemed like a personality thing — my horse now is generally very willing and energetic, and the other horse was lazy, so I think the pinning was just a "hmmph, grumble grumble" before he realized that whining wasn't going to get him out of it.
     

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