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    11-11-2011, 02:16 AM
Instead of going the neuro route, I am going to say that he's just a very green horse. You said that he hasn't been ridden very much since he came off the track? Weaving back and forth across the road and "shouldering out" in the direction that they desire to go, such as back to the barn, gate, or toward other horses is pretty typical for a green horse to do. The best you can really do is to correct it as it comes up and continue to ride him as much as you can. For the shouldering out, getting him responsive to leg cues can solve a lot of your problem there.

As for the tripping, I would get his feet done first and then have someone watch as you ride him (or video you riding him). Some horses, especially those that have lived their entire lives on flat tracks or in flat paddocks, never learn how to pick up their feet and they end up as habitual trippers/stumblers. The only thing I've found to help them is to ride them a few thousand miles in country that requires they pay attention to where their feet are at...rough hills, deadfalls, things like that. Another part of that could be that he is still just incredibly unbalanced under saddle. The only solution for that is to make sure that you are balanced and then spend more time on him, asking him to use his body correctly.
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    11-11-2011, 11:59 PM
Thanks everyone for more great advice! I'm hoping that he's just green & not used to the saddle, that's certainly what it sounds like. The other thing I noticed about his tripping is that when he walks sometimes his back hoof clips his front hoof, & he does trip more at a walk than a trot. He did run with me once, actually ran away with me a little, & didn't lose his footing at all that time!
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    11-13-2011, 04:50 PM
Well, I rode him again today, and he was much better! I tried to focus more on giving him leg pressure, and making sure I am balanced and giving him the right cues. He seems very sensitive to what my body is doing, & also where I'm looking. He did much better with the sidestepping, & did some beautiful slow trotting. He's still tripping, but I think its better than when we first started. I think we are both learning, but he is very smart, & I will try and ride him as much as I can. Thanks everyone!

leaning right, standardbred, tripping, walk straight

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