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post #1 of 2 Old 07-02-2010, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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Red face he has me puzzled

i've had a ridden issue with otto for around ten months now.

when hes in the school he will not canter on his left rein, i have eaten the school surface many times and still not had a stride of canter out of him, he goes like a dream on his right rein though.

now heres the baffling part. he will canter left on the lunge, he will canter on the left in an open field in tiny wee circles if i ask him too its just in the school. i had a professional rider on his back and he even had her off but he did go eventually cause he got bullied into it so i know he can do it..

any tips or suggestions? when otto plays up he rears and spins very very rare he bucks so i got told to build an alley simlar to free jumping ones and that ended in tradgedy :) hes only 6 too so still a baby

any help will be greatfully recieved :)

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post #2 of 2 Old 07-05-2010, 04:39 PM
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Try placing poles around a circle. I've never personally done this, but I've heard it works for ex-racehorses that won't pick up the RIGHT lead (they're only run in one direction-the left). If you put them just a canter stride apart, it forces him to bend around and use his legs and haunches correctly for the lead you want.

Good luck, sounds like a toughie!

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