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post #21 of 24 Old 08-20-2013, 07:53 PM
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I have a paint mare that used to do this sometimes. I would try to make a large circle at one end of the arena and she would cut in towards the middle. She did this even if i was not circling. She could have her neck bent all the way to the rail and she would still be trotting sideways to the middle. Im just curious, does this mainly happen to you at the trot? My horse is fine at the walk and canter, its just the trot that gets us. However I have found using a ton of inside leg will help. Also, whenever she wants to cut in towards the ring you could try making tight circles. That way he'll learn that if he wants to turn towards the center of the ring you'll let him - but he's not going to have any fun doing so. Hopefully you'll have him listening to you soon, good luck.
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I have a paint mare that used to do this sometimes. I would try to make a large circle at one end of the arena and she would cut in towards the middle. She did this even if i was not circling. She could have her neck bent all the way to the rail and she would still be trotting sideways to the middle. Im just curious, does this mainly happen to you at the trot? My horse is fine at the walk and canter, its just the trot that gets us. However I have found using a ton of inside leg will help. Also, whenever she wants to cut in towards the ring you could try making tight circles. That way he'll learn that if he wants to turn towards the center of the ring you'll let him - but he's not going to have any fun doing so. Hopefully you'll have him listening to you soon, good luck.
Yes, it's always at the trot. It frustrates me.
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post #23 of 24 Old 08-20-2013, 08:16 PM
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I have a feeling that your inside leg is not strong enough. Perhaps ask your trainer about some little spurs until your leg gets stronger. That may help to get her to move away from it.

I have a "beginner safe" horse. lol. I can put a monkey on him on the trail. However-if you actually ask him to work-you better be able to make him do it. At least this is how he was. I had to "prove myself". I have a feeling this guy is testing. Big time. Like Tiny said-NEVER go to the middle and stand. Do not dismount in the same place twice in a row....keep him guessing! I even go back to the barn and back out again sometimes.....and if he is good about it-we can be done. If not-guess what.....more work.
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post #24 of 24 Old 08-21-2013, 01:48 PM
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If you're still trying to find your balance in an English saddle, then he can feel it and that's probably why he tests you more in the English than the western. He feels like he is more likely to get away with it because you are less confident and your lack of balance makes it harder for you to correct the situation.
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