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    11-21-2012, 10:21 PM
  #11
Trained
It may help to have someone watch you ride and tell you when he crossfires until you get a feel for it. Eventually, you will be able to feel it when you ride.

If he does trot, I'd do as much trotting as possible. You won't have a good canter unless you have a great trot. True story.

I'd also like to say, it won't do you any good to keep pushing when he crossfires. Transition down and try again.

My mare has a weak hip too, the only thing that fixed it was solidifying our trot. We literally spent several months JUST trotting, and no cantering. I know cantering is more fun, but trotting is more rewarding. Especially when you eventually get back up to the canter and it's PERFECT. =]
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    11-21-2012, 10:23 PM
  #12
Trained
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Originally Posted by Black Beauty 94    
Also, how long do you work on the trot to notice a difference in the canter?
Because the trot is where your horse will build muscle, and gain strength, rhythm, and balance. Almost every issue in any gait will be resolved in the trot and trot transitions.
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    11-21-2012, 10:33 PM
  #13
Weanling
Thanks so much, you have been a great help. When should I work on his canter? When can I tell when he has a "solid" trot? Just that he can hold it awhile and his head is proper?
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Because the trot is where your horse will build muscle, and gain strength, rhythm, and balance. Almost every issue in any gait will be resolved in the trot and trot transitions.
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    11-21-2012, 10:35 PM
  #14
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Crossfiring.....riding a washing machine on steroids....
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    11-21-2012, 10:37 PM
  #15
Weanling
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How can you tell when she does it when your riding... if she has the right lead in the back?
You should be able to feel it.
     
    11-21-2012, 10:40 PM
  #16
Weanling
I can, but with riding a TWH their are so many different gaits, speeds and they feel different.
Yes, it is uncomfortable and that is why I am asking for help.
     
    11-21-2012, 10:43 PM
  #17
Banned
Just of note here.....a lot of the time a horse will crossfire if he is strung out, if he has a bad lope departure and if he is over bent or even slightly bent the wrong way, ie his hip and shoulder are pushed to the outside of the circle.

If my horse is not 'scored' (that means gathered, collected and very soft in the face at a walk) before I lope him he just falls apart.....if I let him lunge into the lope with his nose up in the air sticking out and his body disjointed....ie. Shoulders not working in unison with haunches.....it will all fall apart.....Ooops forgot to add, he is a lot stronger and fitter now, so his lope is lovely and his departures are near perfect.
     
    11-21-2012, 10:52 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by Black Beauty 94    
Thanks so much, you have been a great help. When should I work on his canter? When can I tell when he has a "solid" trot? Just that he can hold it awhile and his head is proper?
It's not about his head being in the right place. You will feel him "stand up straight" as he circles. His back will lift, his hind legs will step up underneath him and fall in or in front of the hoof prints of his front hooves. He will be able to bend around your inside leg and he will just *feel* like he's moving better.

If you don't know what to look for, you can ask for help from an instructor who knows dressage, or post pictures and videos here asking for a critique. In the meantime, I would go a month without cantering, and then give it a shot. I don't think you'll ruin anything by cantering too early, you just won't fix anything by continuing to canter every ride or often. If after a month it hasn't gotten better, give it another month.

Glad to be of service, this is one of my few areas of expertise. Haha.
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    11-21-2012, 11:11 PM
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Weanling
Great-thanks! I have it all on paper :) :)
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
It's not about his head being in the right place. You will feel him "stand up straight" as he circles. His back will lift, his hind legs will step up underneath him and fall in or in front of the hoof prints of his front hooves. He will be able to bend around your inside leg and he will just *feel* like he's moving better.

If you don't know what to look for, you can ask for help from an instructor who knows dressage, or post pictures and videos here asking for a critique. In the meantime, I would go a month without cantering, and then give it a shot. I don't think you'll ruin anything by cantering too early, you just won't fix anything by continuing to canter every ride or often. If after a month it hasn't gotten better, give it another month.

Glad to be of service, this is one of my few areas of expertise. Haha.
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    11-22-2012, 04:27 PM
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Weanling
Any more ideas??
     

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