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post #1 of 2 Old 08-07-2010, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Crow hops among other things

I recently bought a 6 year old mare who is greater than green broke. She responds to me on the ground, works well on a lunge line as well as free lunge(most of the time). Head is level but choppy in her trot. She stands for saddle and mounting, takes bit easily. Stands great for bath and does not shy from plastic bags, whip over head or snap on ground next to her, dogs, other horses etc..... She is not neck reined but is flexing both sides. I have ridden her on a trail and over and through many obstacles. I am starting riding again trail and pleasure only after a LONG time away from horses. My problem is when she starts to canter she crowhops or a little more than that. I cannot tell when she is going to do this.. it may be the first few steps or thereafter. I immediately stop and flex her to one side and the other. Is this what I need to be doing? I cannot at my age afford to go over the horn or off entirely. I am not afraid of this situation and try not to overreact but I cannot be on guard everytime I am on ner.
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post #2 of 2 Old 08-07-2010, 05:50 PM
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If she is crow hopping when you 1st start to canter, it may just be she's excited or your balance could be off with the change in pace. If you can ride it out. If not slow her back down to a trot. When she settles out pick up the pace again. If she doesn't settle out at the slow place, I would do circles with her until she gives, then start up again.
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