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post #1 of 3 Old 12-20-2009, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Decided not to canter in one direction! Help!

Today Dozer decided he wouldn't canter to his left. All I had in mind to do today was transitions. Too bad he didn't like that. He did great on the other side and whenever I would try him on his left side he would turn into the fence and change back to the direction most of the time squeezing my leg into the fence. I would turn him around and give him the forward cue. I used my crop when I thought it was necessary and that didn't help. After an hour and a half of battling each other he decided he would back up every time I asked for a forward cue. I was not happy and backed him around my arena twice so it would make him stop. It didn't work. He kept backing and turning then taking off to the side he wanted to canter at. Any suggestions of how to stop this? I'm hoping this is just an off day for him and I hope he understands he was drenched in sweat because he wasn't being good.

How do I stop this?

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post #2 of 3 Old 12-20-2009, 08:31 PM
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If he's been good prior to this, he may have just had an 'off' day. I guess you won't know until you ride again.

Next time, try doing figure eights instead, so that you are actually doing a bit of both; partly what he prefers, and partly what you really want. Also, working in the center of the arena, can prevent you from getting slammed up against the arena fence; I know it's not really convenient, but it is much more beneficial to be able to circle around in the middle of the ring (in both directions), rather than continue arguing with him on the rail. When you get him going in circles in the center of the arena (do lots of circle changes too; maybe one circle his 'bad' side, and two to the direction he wants, then swap it up...keep things interesting, so he HAS to focus on you. Even riding around barrels in different sequences can make things much more interesting.

Maybe he's tired of ring work, as well; can you ride any place else?

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Whenever I ride outside the arena he gets a big head and is naughty. I take him out every time after we finish arena work and he is good. But when he is bad I get him to end on a good note and that's the end. I normally canter in the middle and I was trying to but he would change directions by turning into the fence and squeezing me. If he wasn't so big and strong I would have gotten his head around but that's not the case. Me doing transitions was me changing it up. Our trainer has us working on sticking to the rail and walking in straight lines. I thought transitions would be fun and get him focused on me. I will try riding him tomorrow and see if it was just an off day(Please lord let it be an off day!) or if its his new problem...

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