Cross-cantering while lunging

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    12-10-2008, 11:51 PM
Cross-cantering while lunging

So my horse has this nasty habit of cross cantering while lunging, only on the right lead. Under saddle he does 10m canter circles canter-walk transitions and the beginnings of counter canter.
He will cross canter while lunging on a 20m circle with and without bit, saddle, side reins, etc.
Because I'm in exams and school and don't get much time to ride, he is getting a lot more lunge workouts from my mother. She has just been bringing him back down to trot and up to canter again every time he cross canters.
I'm just wondering if anyone has had a similar problems or any tips/tricks to fix it, of if we're on the right path.
(PS, he has had a vet look at him, and does regularly.)
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    12-11-2008, 12:03 AM
What equipment is being used?
    12-11-2008, 03:59 AM
The only thing I could think of.. is setting up canter poles on the circle to make him think about his feet :S
    12-11-2008, 11:03 AM
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My first geuss would be a balance issue but I'm not really sure what advice to offer.... :(
    12-11-2008, 11:23 AM
If your sure he doesn't have something bothering him, then what your Mom is doing is fine. One of mine will cross canter on his left lead and I will either do what your Mom's doing or give a little tug on the line and bark the word "change". Another thing she could try is to ask for the canter at the right time. Just as the opposite hoof is going to hit the ground click him up into the canter. The timing has to be just right.
    12-11-2008, 07:33 PM
Poco cross canters on his right lead while being lunged but doesnt while undersaddle. I drop him back to a trot and quickly push him back into a canter and in about 3-4 weeks time he quit cross cantering however, I have to lunge him about everyday to keep him thinking about his leads.
    12-11-2008, 09:18 PM
Originally Posted by Spyder    
What equipment is being used?
As stated in the OP, he does this while being lunged in a saddle, surcingle, nothing, in a halter or bridle and with and without side reins.
It's not an equipment thing, I assure you.

Thanks for the opinions, I'll just keep doing what I'm doing :)
    12-11-2008, 09:47 PM
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
I'll just keep doing what I'm doing :)

OK I think I know what may be happening but will assume it will work itself out.
    12-11-2008, 09:49 PM
Originally Posted by Spyder    
OK I think I know what may be happening but will assume it will work itself out.
Dude, you can't just leave me hanging :P
    12-11-2008, 10:30 PM
He's probably developed better on the other side. So he's cross cantering to the more comfortable lead.

Maybe try cantering him on a smaller circle to pick it up and then let him out on the circle, this may help develope his mucles on the side to be more even.
However if he's evenly developed and comfortable on both leads...he may just be being lazy =P

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