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  • A horse that rears at a canter
  • Horse rears when asked to canter

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    11-15-2012, 05:15 AM
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Weanling
Question Canter

Zoey has problem's(as you all probably know). When I ask her to canter she IMMEDIATELY jumps/rears in to a bucking fit. I can handle rearing and I can handle bucking as long as you keep the separate. Her rear/buck jump thing isn't just once ether she'll get in to it the legit scare herself and that keeps her going. Awesome I know. Nothing I've tried stop's her. Any ideas? And yes her teeth have been recently done, feet are good, saddle fit's VERY well, I'm pretty sure it's not coordination as she can canter both sides really freaking nicely on the lunge/in the paddock and on a very good day(for a few strides) and she is not sore anywhere ether. I'm thinking it's ether a mental block( like maybe she thinks she can't do it), I'm maybe giving the wrong sign or behavioural.
     
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    11-15-2012, 05:28 AM
  #2
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Does she do it when tacked up on the lunge? Does she know it unsettles you and so get her out of work? I know you say the saddle fits really well, but saddle fit is often the reason even when you think it fits well, my TB went sideways when asked to canter and half reared, I had two fitters check her and all fine, but I changed the saddle and it stopped and I had my lovely horse back. Sometimes we just don't know what they are feeling.
     
    11-15-2012, 05:30 AM
  #3
Weanling
Tacked up on the lunge with current saddle she goes fine on but leads, nicely paced transition no rushing. But a completely different horse with someone on her.
     
    11-15-2012, 05:36 AM
  #4
Super Moderator
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Originally Posted by Ellieandrose    
Tacked up on the lunge with current saddle she goes fine on but leads, nicely paced transition no rushing. But a completely different horse with someone on her.

Have you tried to ride her through it? (i know this might be impossible), my friend's cob would buck in canter and frighten the rider so a friend who knows no fear with a sticky seat rode her through it until she realised it wasn't going to work. But obviously the weight of the rider might be causing a pain issue not there when riderless...
     
    11-15-2012, 05:38 AM
  #5
Weanling
I've tried, I have an idea! I'll put her on the lunge and get someone to hold the end and I'll try again and again and again! Think it'll work?
     
    11-15-2012, 05:42 AM
  #6
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Has her back been checked by a vet?
Was she recently started? It might be the case that it's just too early for her psychologically to canter with a rider.
     
    11-15-2012, 05:44 AM
  #7
Weanling
Back and whole body was checked by vet 3 weeks ago I'm pretty sure. She is OTT so she has had riders since she was a baby, she is now nine and has been ridden atleast twice a week for the past two years.
     
    11-15-2012, 06:41 AM
  #8
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Originally Posted by Ellieandrose    
Back and whole body was checked by vet 3 weeks ago I'm pretty sure. She is OTT so she has had riders since she was a baby, she is now nine and has been ridden atleast twice a week for the past two years.

When did the issue start?

Trying again and again is probably not the answer is she continues with the same reaction.
     
    11-15-2012, 07:04 AM
  #9
Foal
I know I am a very green rider but my Dixie is very sensitive... My trainer has me asking for the trot and canter with as little leg pressure possible. If I just put a little more leg then I should she will hop and jump, but if I am gentle and wait for her she will move very smoothly into it.
     
    11-15-2012, 08:58 AM
  #10
Green Broke
It sounds like a horse that just needs a lot more foundation work at the trot and the walk with a rider on her back (and in an enclosed space so if she goes postal and you check out the real estate she can be caught).

Most horses that have issues with cantering are lacking foundation work and lose balance.. and that lack of balance comes out as resistance.

Go back and take it down a notch. Do lots of direction changes, lots of transitions up and down (walk and trot) and lots of transitions in the gait. Get her to the point that when you stop her she almost immediately relaxes. If she does not relax get her feet moving again.

The idea here is to make everything you do at the walk and trot "ho hum.. Yawn.."

After a few WEEKS of this, try a canter again..

BTW do not let her watch any of that ESPN Saddle bronc NPR stuff. No No. It may give her ideas. So.. tell her NO TV until you get this worked out. ;)
     

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