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        04-25-2010, 05:58 AM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Canter

    When lunging Buzz will canter on one side and not the other it is most frustrating
    Its like he doesn't know what I'm asking on one side but does on the other
    The side he doesnt canter is his bad side that may have a problem to do with it but he can canter with me riding
    When I ask I say Canter crack the whip ask again but he just goes faster so I slow him down and ask again
    I can get 1-2 strides out of him on this side but the other side I can get a whole circle
    When he does canter on the bad side I say good boy and he goes straight back into a trot I go through the process again and but then he wont go back I give up which I shouldn't but he seems to be confused?
    I do the other side ask and he goes straight into a canter grr
    Does any one know what to do to help this?
         
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        04-25-2010, 07:35 AM
      #2
    Started
    Just like people horses have a "dominate" side they want to use. Like, I'm right handed. You can't expect the horse to be able to do a full circle on that side until that sides muscles and things are developed. It's going to be harder for him. Keep practicing, it will get better week by week.

    You can't give up either, he's probably taking advantage of you.
         
        04-25-2010, 07:41 AM
      #3
    Green Broke
    :) thanks I knew I shouldn't of given up but I tried so many times and I was just getting frustrated So I figured I should stop and did the other side as I knew he was better so we could at least end on a good note
         
        04-25-2010, 07:43 AM
      #4
    Started
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    Originally Posted by RedTree    
    :) thanks I knew I shouldn't of given up but I tried so many times and I was just getting frustrated So I figured I should stop and did the other side as I knew he was better so we could at least end on a good note
    She could be doing that just because she doesn't want to listen to you. See if you can get a full one. First kiss and ask her to canter and if she doesn't, crack the whip, and finally if that doesn't work stomp your feet and act like your the heard leader, take a step towards her. Do alot of lunging for respect
         
        04-25-2010, 07:46 AM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Ok I may try that tomorrow hopefully
    I may also get my friend to help me as that is my bad side as well lol that may also be the problem
         
        04-25-2010, 12:00 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    This sounds like either a balance issue or a soreness issue. If she has some pain in her back, or a sore hock, she'll be less likely to canter in one direction. And, as WhiteFoot said, horses have a dominant side and it may well be that she hasn't figured out how to balance on the weaker side. You can fix this through trot work - if there's a lack of balance it'll be evident in trot, too.
         
        04-26-2010, 12:49 AM
      #7
    Green Broke
    He used to be really bad at a trot lunging like pulling heaps but he isn't any more that's why I hadnt atempted to canter till now so maybe he is still a little unbalanced because as he goes faster he does pull more
    But I thought also I am able to canter around coners on him now as well as I couldn't do that without it feeling like he was falling over he would be more balanced on the lunge
         
        04-26-2010, 09:11 AM
      #8
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by RedTree    
    He used to be really bad at a trot lunging like pulling heaps but he isn't any more that's why I hadnt atempted to canter till now so maybe he is still a little unbalanced because as he goes faster he does pull more
    But I thought also I am able to canter around coners on him now as well as I couldn't do that without it feeling like he was falling over he would be more balanced on the lunge
    You can canter around corners under saddle, but what is the size of the circle you're on? I bet it's bigger than when you're lunging him? He sounds unbalanced. "Feeling like he was falling over" is a big clue.

    Have you checked your own position while you're lunging him in the bad direction? Maybe you're blocking him more on that side.
         
        04-26-2010, 09:59 AM
      #9
    Yearling
    Does he canter in either direction when you riding him? I'm guessing he's just favoring the one side because that's his dominant side.
         

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