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post #1 of 14 Old 03-29-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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Breaking a gait.

So my mare, a 9yo Standardbred who paces naturally, won't canter.
SHe used to canter amazing!!
She can walk and trot, but whenever I ask her to canter, she just cross canters, starts to rack, gets really fast, starts to canter and then something gets weird with her back legs. My riding instructor says she's just tripping and I need to push her forward, but it's the same thing every time.
I obviously screwed her up somehow, and I have NO idea how to fix it.
I've been working her in the round pen, and she does much better there, than with me on her. So maybe it's my position.
I've tried going over jumps and into the canter, but she breaks instantly.
I figured I'd start from square one and re-teach her to canter correctly.
Anybody have suggestions???

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So my mare, a 9yo Standardbred who paces naturally, won't canter.
SHe used to canter amazing!!
She can walk and trot, but whenever I ask her to canter, she just cross canters, starts to rack, gets really fast, starts to canter and then something gets weird with her back legs. My riding instructor says she's just tripping and I need to push her forward, but it's the same thing every time.
I obviously screwed her up somehow, and I have NO idea how to fix it.
I've been working her in the round pen, and she does much better there, than with me on her. So maybe it's my position.
I've tried going over jumps and into the canter, but she breaks instantly.
I figured I'd start from square one and re-teach her to canter correctly.
Anybody have suggestions???

Lots of time and patience.
Does she know voice commands?
If she knows voice commands such as canter while on the lunge you can try this under saddle.

Are you asking her to canter in a straight line or circle?

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Could it be saddle fit? Because she used to canter and now doesn't? That seems kind of strange.

I have a Fox Trotter mare that cross-canters, but that's typical for her!
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When you are trotting and ready to ask for canter, sit very straight (do NOT lean forward), maintain steady rein contact, bring nose very slightly to the inside (left lead canter would be bending nose slightly to the left), move outside leg back then "roll" your hips ONCE from outside butt to inside hip bone same time as applying outside leg. Do NOT allow horse to run into trot - if she does quietly bring her back to SLOW trot then ask again.

Inside hip bone should be forward and rider sitting up straight for the canter.

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no idea if this is proper or not, I've never had any formal training other than getting on and going.
On my TWH, when I get him moving I can change from a rack to a canter based on where I put my weight. Lean back he high step racks, lean forward and he canters, I can switch back and forth like that.
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Lots of time and patience.
Does she know voice commands?
If she knows voice commands such as canter while on the lunge you can try this under saddle.

Are you asking her to canter in a straight line or circle?
She does know voice commands. And It's basically a large oval, but the ground is a little uneven.
It's also only in one direction that she can't canter
She can't canter up hills, on the flat, whatever.
I'm going to try her in the sand ring tomorrow, if it's nice out.

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Could it be saddle fit? Because she used to canter and now doesn't? That seems kind of strange.

I have a Fox Trotter mare that cross-canters, but that's typical for her!
I don't know why it would start bothering her now? I've ridden her in this saddle for two+ years. I also know it fits correctly because it has the gullet change system

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Oh and yesterday, I noticed she was tracking short on the right side, in her hind leg.
That's leg I feel she trips up on at the canter.
Possible twist/sprain?
She wasn't hurting or sore, she didn't try to stop or anything

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Oh and yesterday, I noticed she was tracking short on the right side, in her hind leg.
That's leg I feel she trips up on at the canter.
Possible twist/sprain?
She wasn't hurting or sore, she didn't try to stop or anything

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no idea if this is proper or not, I've never had any formal training other than getting on and going.
On my TWH, when I get him moving I can change from a rack to a canter based on where I put my weight. Lean back he high step racks, lean forward and he canters, I can switch back and forth like that.
She was broken out of the rack, she does it when she's really excited, or if she trips.
Ir's really hard to make her do it.

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