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post #1 of 5 Old 06-22-2012, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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cantering corners

Mr. Vacation has been having trouble around corners at a trot. He gets stiff and points his nose to the outside. When I started this spring I was unsure if he knew how to canter. I asked him on the trail and he did not pick up the canter (just a racing trot). Recently, he has started to canter around corners. The corners are nicer. Its a stride or two of canter and then back to trot. I am wondering if I should pull him down to a trot or let him canter corners. I don't want him to be punished for going into a canter, as I want him to know that cantering is okay (a thought that is not okay at the track). At the same time, our goal is a trot in the corner. He has a weak back end and part of me feels like if for the moment, cantering around corners is easier for him then we can do that. Will this cause problems down the line? He is going to be trail horse, and he is great on the trial. He is horrible in the ring and would not trot any part of the circle earlier this spring. I need him to be good in the ring because in all honesty, a prospective home is going to ride him in the arena once and a while. I don't need him to do olympic level dressage or even local level dressage. I just need him to go in a circle at the walk, trot and canter.
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-23-2012, 07:07 AM
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Try trotting before you get to the corner, like cut it off at a right angle, do a half circle to get back on the short stride, keep doing that and slowly get closer and closer to the corner.

Also make sure to do some bending and flexing work as there could be something "off" in your horse that needs to be addressed by a chiro.

Explore all options, IMOP

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Thanks sky! I think flexing is an area that I often neglect and should refocus on it.
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You're very welcome :) I hope you two figure it out!

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I'm wondering about his saddle fit. That would be the first thing I'd look into. If the saddle is pinching his cranial 11 nerve it will cause a lot of front end and behavioral issues. Also if the saddle is to long and jamming into his lumbar area this could be causing the weakness in his back end.
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