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post #1 of 6 Old 01-21-2010, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Counter Canter!

My filly has a slight problem with counter canter. What are the causes? I am guessing being imbalanced or lazy... She picks up the right leads on the left, but on the right, her front legs are right and the back legs are wrong.

My old mare used to have the same problem but wouldnt do her right lead, but always did her left.

Maybe its just me!!! :(
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-21-2010, 04:26 PM
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My filly has a slight problem with counter canter. What are the causes? I am guessing being imbalanced or lazy... She picks up the right leads on the left, but on the right, her front legs are right and the back legs are wrong.

My old mare used to have the same problem but wouldnt do her right lead, but always did her left.

Maybe its just me!!! :(
A counter canter is when you pick up the INcorrect lead on purpose. For example, tracking left while on the right lead. It is much higher up on the scale than you'd think, it takes a very balanced and very collected horse to do this well.

You are describing a cross-canter or a cross-fire. Meaning one end is on the right lead, the other is on the left. My mare has a tendency to cross-fire, and she does it because of a combination of not being balanced and because her [I can't remember which] leg is a little weaker than the other. I would get a chiropractor out to look at your horse and see if this is something a little adjusting can fix. What helped my mare and I is really working at the trot, lots of transitions, spiraling circles and serpentines. It's helped get that leg stronger and now it's easier for her to push off it at the canter. You also have to make sure that as a rider, you are balanced and aren't listing to one side or the other.

Good luck! It's a long process, but it's entirely fix-able!

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post #3 of 6 Old 01-21-2010, 04:29 PM
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it is tempting for a horse to change lead when in counter canter so keep an outside bend to make it more difficult for her. Eventually your horse will realise that they only change when you tell them too
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-21-2010, 05:01 PM
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My horse does this due to an old injury on the right, but once he is warmed up and well balanced, it is less of a problem. A lot of young horses have balance problems and usually work it out (with your help). I'm sure there are plenty of people on here who can advise you on how to help keep her balanced in the canter.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-21-2010, 09:47 PM
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My friends TB has this issue in a BIG way. He is 4 and HUGE and so so clumsy. She has just started cantering him and kept thinking he was bucking. I watched her and was like Oh no honey, he's trying to fix himself in the back end (always pics up incorrect lead in back) and just hops when he does it.

Anyway I gave her the same advice as riccil0ve. Fix the balance of horse (and rider if needs be) and you will see a huge improvement.

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How old is your filly? Are you riding her or lounging her when she is cross firing?

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