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    11-28-2010, 08:26 PM
  #1
Weanling
Cantering a circle without running into the fence

So I just spent an hour on my horse trying to get her to canter a circle about half the arena in size.

We failed. Massively.

The moment we come off the rail and I ask her to bend into the circle she will respond by cantering sideways until we almost run into the fence on the other side. She will not bend. No way. No how.

She bends well at a walk and trot. But canter is just not happening. No matter how much I que her she simply refuses.

Basically we are a hot mess right now and I haven't a clue how to encourage her to bend and circle instead of sideways cantering across the arena. It's getting frustrating and I would really love some advice. Thanks so much! I'm open to any and all ideas at this point.

(on the upside, she is no longer trying to run away with me at the canter and gallop off, in fact I now have to work to keep her in it. I guess its always something)
     
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    11-28-2010, 08:29 PM
  #2
Weanling
Wow, at my lesson Saturday I had the exact same issue. We were cantering half the size of the arena and every time we would come by the gate she would drifffffffft towards the fence and gate. I felt like it was a fail lesson. Lol.

So I am subscribing to this : )
     
    11-28-2010, 08:36 PM
  #3
Foal
You would need to raise your elbow with your outside arm up and bring your hand back to your hip, making like a wall. And put your outside leg on. This make her stay on her circle.
     
    11-28-2010, 08:37 PM
  #4
Foal
That is happening with me and my horse. When we jump he does not ben and his shoulder falls in and he goes one way and I go the other.....its a pain....but im working on it with circles at the trot first then once he responds to that I try the canter...if he does not bend, I go back to the trot again and continue with the cycle. He also rushes to the jumps also so bending would be a god sent....i hear ya...
     
    11-28-2010, 08:38 PM
  #5
Weanling
I've been doing just that. Outside leg, inside rein, and she just refuses. She will fight against it.
     
    11-28-2010, 08:40 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by coffeeaddict    
I've been doing just that. Outside leg, inside rein, and she just refuses. She will fight against it.
Thats what I did also, you just have to take charge and show her you are in control, that's what I had to do. And today when I practiced, we got it a couple of times without her drifting to the fence.
     
    11-28-2010, 08:42 PM
  #7
Foal
Ooo. Maybe work on circles and serpentines. Walk trot then move up to a canter. May want to check the bit. Maybe change it.
     
    11-28-2010, 08:45 PM
  #8
Weanling
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Thats what I did also, you just have to take charge and show her you are in control,
I've tried but she is stronger than me. I can't physically pull her head around and make her bend when she doesn't respond to a more subtle cue. She pulls the other way and then we are in a pulling match.


     
    11-28-2010, 08:47 PM
  #9
Foal
I have a very green OTTB. It helps them bend if you keep your outside rein and leg firm, like a wall or a balance point and give little tiny bumps with the inside hand, you want to just barley see their eye/head bending in to the center. You can put your inside leg steady against him to bend him around it... this will help the horse bend and balance and round, he'll start giving with his head/face and relax. This works if you are making a circle or not... when you circle 1/2 the arena look toward a spot on the other side where you want to end up... then use your legs to help push him into the circle. Will your guys sidepass? Practice that facing a fence or wall so that the horse moves away from your leg. Hope this makes sense :0
     
    11-28-2010, 08:47 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by coffeeaddict    

I've tried but she is stronger than me. I can't physically pull her head around and make her bend when she doesn't respond to a more subtle cue. She pulls the other way and then we are in a pulling match.

Oh well I dunno, Im a greenie but my instructor told me to make sure I have a firm outside rein so she can't drift, and to also keep my hands even while im trying to keep the firm outside rein.
     

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