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        10-22-2009, 11:58 AM
    Originally Posted by tealamutt    
    quick question- do you mean counter cantering or cross cantering? My gelding had a small issue with cross cantering for about a week, lots of transitions fixed this. It kind of sounds like you're describing counter cantering which I have no advice on!! However your pics are gorgeous and I agree with anebel about seeking professional advice (which it sounds like you're doing with a trainer...)
    I mean cross cantering. What kind of transitions were you doing?

    Originally Posted by SoMuchManureSoLittleTime    
    I had a quarter horse who was lazy and often did not change leads in the rear while doing figure 8's. Could happen in either direction. No soundness problem. Just plain lazy.

    You really have to cue with shifing your weight and using your leg to get them to change if they are just lazy. Use your crop in the rear to get the horse to wake up and not be lazy.
    She isn't doing it during flying lead changes, though. She doesn't know how to do them. She just automatically does it when she picks up that lead.
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        10-22-2009, 09:19 PM
    When he would cross canter I would take him back down to the trot and then do lots of walk/trot, up and down changes from walk to trot and within the trot until he was better balanced. I also had to get a little more aggressive when I asked for the canter, but now I don't even really need to move my leg back, just shift my seat. Of course this was all when he was very brand new to me and trying to figure out what I wanted and how much I meant it when I asked. He never picked up the wrong lead on the front just in the back. Our work has payed off a lot and tonight we did our first flying lead change.
        10-22-2009, 10:51 PM
    - The horse isn't fit enough to hold the canter- The horse has pain, or damage on the body- The ground is uneven- The rider is unevenThese are the main reasons for cross cantering. I'd get the HQ's checked out (my mare cross cantered when she tore a muscle in her hindquaters, took near a year to get her canter back to 'normal') and her entire body, saddle fit, etc.I'd check your riding - are you sitting up straight, not interfearing with the canter, not influencing it, moving around, throwing her off balance etc.The horse needs lots of walk/trot work to build up the correct muscle to help hold themselves in canter. You shouldn't push your horse thru cross cantering, as it a) builds up the wrong muscle b) lets the horse think this is correct c) may actually be doing more damagae and hurting the horse.Check everything .. espec the horse. Massage therapist should be able to tell you.

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