how do i make my mare straiten out?

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how do i make my mare straiten out?

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        08-15-2013, 04:51 PM
    how do i make my mare straiten out?

    My mare refuses to be straight and goes to the right before going over a jump or after she lands. It got annoying after a while so I started to do a left half-halt and squeezing with my right leg, but she still didn't listen. But then the owner of the barn came in and told me I was doing bad! It made me so embarrassed! does anyone have any ideas on how to fix it? I don't want a replay of yesterday!

    Also, ignore my spelling, im not good lol
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        08-15-2013, 04:53 PM
    Where is your trainer?
        08-15-2013, 04:56 PM
    My trainer is at a 3day horse show in vermont
        08-15-2013, 04:58 PM
    Your mare is RH one-sided. You need to STOP JUMPING for awhile and use flatwork to fix this. People can be like this too, where you can stretch easily to one side and are stiff on the other. Many experts have their own fractions, but I recommend a formula of ~3/4 times on left rein, her stiff side, and ~1/4 times on right rein her flexible side. If you can flex her, CA style on the ground and while mounted before each session that can help.
    I don't recommend ground work on in saddle work exclusively on her left side.
    She will get sore quickly and resent the work.
    Before you jump again, work only over poles on the ground. This will probably take a few months before you see progress.
        08-15-2013, 08:27 PM
    I agree with Corporal - stop jumping and use flatwork to start fixing the issue.

    I would start with poles on the ground and bending/flexing the direction that your horse is not comfortable with.

    Start slow and don't work exclusive on the side that is the problem and remember to always end on a positive note!
        08-16-2013, 12:01 AM
    Ok, but the most I can stop jumping her for is about a month, because my horse is a lesson horse at my barn so she has to be ridden (there is no other lesson horse at the barn)

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