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    02-21-2009, 06:05 PM
canter-hating mare

Hi all - so I'm working with a 4 yr old paint mare who was bought at auction. She was broke by a cowboy, she has great brakes and is good with laterals and backing. She's improving a lot at the walk/jog - she's framing up and relaxing into her movement a little. The problem I have is any motion more foreward than that. If I try a lengthened posting trot, she pins her ears, puts up her head and sucks back. Same with the canter, unless we're out in the field. I've tried a few things - using seat to push her, using just leg, leg and little spur - i've also worked with her on a lunge and a long line, but it's just not improving much.
So, basically, the mare needs some help with free forward motion. But I do have one concern - she is used in a therapeutic riding program and needs to still be calm and not jumpy or overly-sensitive.
Please let me know if you've got any ideas.
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    02-21-2009, 06:55 PM
I would be getting her looked at by a chiropractor and a massage therapist. Also triple check saddle fit. Sometimes you will think a horse is fine with a saddle but the canter is where it's really telling.
    02-21-2009, 08:50 PM
When you have her out in a field, she'll w/t/c no problem? Are you using the same tack in the field as in the arena?

Have you tried riding her with a crop and doing the ask,tell, demand phases?

There are some horses that do not like working in an arena and much prefer being out in the open or on the trails. She may be one of them.
    02-21-2009, 10:11 PM
Have you ruled out any body sorness? Feet problems? Chiropractic? Maybe she hurts when you get into the faster gates.

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