Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Assuming your vet is right and it isn't pain related... has he had any chiropractic work done? He may be weak/tight in other areas that were created by the arthritis pain, so while his arthritis may not be causing him pain, something else could be.
You will not fix this at the canter. The weakness/tightness that is causing him to crossfire is better fixed at the trot. Feel free to ignore all the advice if he doesn't trot, I don't know anything about gaited horse. But at the trot, you need to get him on circles, serpentines, and transitions [walk, trot]. You need to strengthen his hind end so he can canter correctly. Get him stepping up underneath himself and bending nicely around your leg. Do some circles at the trot starting at 20m and spiraling in to 15m and then back out. When he can handle that, get down to 10m. Do not make him do small circles over and over; one 10m circle at a time. When you do ask him to canter, encourage him to lift his inside shoulder, do this by lifting your own shoulder. Think of it as lengthening your side. You may feel off-center or like your leaning too heavily to the outside but more than likely, you'll actually be more centered. Good luck!
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