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    06-05-2013, 09:09 PM
Weird canter

I have a 5 year old horse, he is green according to the previous owner and I can see why. But his canter seems funky to me. It's like he hops and just is not comfortable. I've been riding 14 years and never experienced it, so I'm clueless as to what to do. I ride him in a dee ring snaffle as the previous owner said he used. Do I need to warm him up more or what?

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    06-05-2013, 09:19 PM
Can you get a video of his canter?
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    06-05-2013, 09:23 PM
I can. Just not today. The best way my boyfriend described it was like he keep his back legs together and hops. His front move like they should.
    06-05-2013, 09:24 PM
I agree, we'll need video to see just exactly what he's doing. What I'm picturing, it could either be because he's crow-hopping or maybe he just has a funky gait (I rode a mare a while back that had the most awful lope). There might also be some lameness in there causing the strangeness.
    06-05-2013, 10:24 PM
Sounds like he's crow hopping.

If this is your first green horse I would suggest working with a trainer to bring him along nicely. 14 years riding and not experiencing a horse crow hop seems to tell me that your prior riding experience was on horses that were well trained and transitioned/kept their gaits nicely.

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