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    04-07-2009, 12:23 AM
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Originally Posted by LeahKathleen    
I'm not working with a trainer at the moment. However, I've spoken with several at our equestrian center regarding this issue, and was essentially told to rule out pain, go back to the ground, and evaluate my cues, and if everything checked out ok, which it did, to try some different bits and see what she liked best. I have had no luck. Which led me to my question.
The bit is not your problem. You need to work with this horse with an experienced trainer. This problem will worsen if you don't work with an experienced trainer.
     
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    04-07-2009, 12:28 AM
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A trainer is not within my budget at the moment, and the problem has not worsened in the year and a half I've owned her.

In any case, I've taken everything said here into consideration. Thanks to those who have replied.
     
    04-07-2009, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by LeahKathleen    
A trainer is not within my budget at the moment, and the problem has not worsened in the year and a half I've owned her.
I'd have to disagree with this. It has worsened. It might not have worsened in intensity but this behavior is going to be more difficult to change because it's been allowed to continue for this long. It IS worse when a bad behavior becomes the norm.

This behavior is dangerous and people could be hurt. Maybe you should find a cheaper horse or ask for trainer lessons as a Christmas/birthday, etc. gift.


     
    04-07-2009, 12:36 AM
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Green Broke
You never answered my question. What exactly is she eating? Hay? Grain? Supplements? Spring Pasture?
     
    04-07-2009, 12:42 AM
  #25
Cat
Green Broke
I agree, it sounds like a training issue. It needs to be hanled with ground work and then under saddle - first mastering the a good solid whoa at the walk (you should be able to do this 100% with your seat - no reins for it to be a solid whoa), then the trot, then the canter. If you don't have the know-how to do it, then you really should get a trainer.
     
    04-07-2009, 12:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Joshie    
I'd have to disagree with this. It has worsened. It might not have worsened in intensity but this behavior is going to be more difficult to change because it's been allowed to continue for this long. It IS worse when a bad behavior becomes the norm.

This behavior could be dangerous. Maybe you should find a cheaper horse or ask for trainer lessons as a Christmas/birthday, etc. gift.
I don't understand what you mean by a cheaper horse. The horse belongs to me already.

If you read all the posts, I'm not talking about her "running away with me" or anything like that. She stops just fine. She just has a delay when it comes to the canter to trot transition. I realize now that my question should have been worded differently.

I agree that bad behavior should not be allowed to continue - when I said "worsened" I meant in intensity. She is an excellent horse, with this being her only issue. It is something I have tried just about everything to fix.

I also don't have anyone whom I would ask to pay for a trainer. I'm on my own in this.

Anyway, everything that has been posted has been read, and I will certainly keep it all in mind as I continue to work with her. Thanks again to those who have posted and made helpful suggestions.
     
    04-07-2009, 12:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Cat    
I agree, it sounds like a training issue. It needs to be hanled with ground work and then under saddle - first mastering the a good solid whoa at the walk (you should be able to do this 100% with your seat - no reins for it to be a solid whoa), then the trot, then the canter. If you don't have the know-how to do it, then you really should get a trainer.
If you read, her ground work is fine. She "whoas" just fine from the ground, at the walk, trot, and canter. Under saddle, she "whoas" (completely through my seat) at the walk and trot. The canter is where we have trouble. Again, I'm not talking about halting.

Please read through the thread. I really am not trying to be rude, honestly, I am very grateful for the suggestions and tips I've been given. But the same thing has been said several times over.

Thank you all for your comments, suggestions, and tips. They will be tried (again.)
     
    04-07-2009, 02:20 AM
  #28
Trained
Wow, I think your getting a bit of a harsh time on this thread!!!

Kudos to you for going back to the ground, and checking out every possible issue.

I had a horse similar, but not the same. He was amazingly strong, and had a great stop, but not a very good slow down. His main problem was slowing his canter, to the point it was walking speed, before dropping back to a trot. In his case, I found the more leg I used on him, and the more I pushed him with my seat, the more he rocked back on his haunches and actually steadied and relaxed.

I tried many different bits (all snaffles) on him, until I found one he liked. I had my success with a Myler bit. It was a Myler low port comfort snaffle. He reacted well to having the extra tongue relief. It was this bit, without the hooks (holes to attatch the reins for leverage)



(sorry about the size!)

The myler bits are expensive, and a lot of horses don't need them, but if it works for your horse they are worth it.

Let me know if you want anymore information, etc.

By the way, I haven't had a trainer in about 8 years, and i'm doing fine :] I understand not being able to have a trainer, wether it be cost, location, etc.
     
    04-07-2009, 02:45 AM
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Thank you, so much for your help wild_spot. I will definitely be looking into a Mylar bit. :]

Also, sorry luvstoride, somehow I jumped over your post. She's eating Horseman's Edge 12% pellet, one scoop in the morning and one at night with her MSM supplement. They have 24 hour turnout with 24 hour access to their stalls, and they get hay at night. It's the same thing she's been fed since I've had her, save cut backs/increases depending on the season and how much she's working.
     
    04-07-2009, 11:22 AM
  #30
Trained
I have nothing but great things to say about Myler Bits :)
     

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