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post #1 of 22 Old 08-24-2009, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Duchess break through!!!!!!

DUCHESS TOOK HER LEFT LEAD!!!!! CrazyHorse(person on this forum) suggested that i try a trot pole, so i did and it WORKED!!! It took a couple trys, because she wouldnt automatically go into a lope over it, but when she did she took her left lead! I was so estatic!!! So now i just need to work on her balance on the left lead, she is really really unbalanced, which i figured since i have never really been able to lope her on the left lead. So my question is, Should i still go into the round pen to help her get more balanced? I think is what she is doing is that, she is not arcing(?) her body, i think she is throwing her butt out or hip whatever you want to say. So wouldnt the round pen be a good thing for her since she has to arc her body and go in a circle and it will help her balance?? Thank you guys for all your help and support and thank crazy horse for the idea!! I was going to try some other ideas suggested but crazy horse's was first on the list. So now any ideas on how to make her more balanced or is the round pen the best option?

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post #2 of 22 Old 08-24-2009, 12:37 AM
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well dont know how much help it will be but when rebel was 3 i took him to a WP clinic and the guy was a ton of help but he said to lope alot of circles and it did help was tireing cause he hated picking up his lead so id say just try keep her collected and lope alot circles in the round pen maybe be so much easier if i could just show ya lol

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Lol, well come to oregon and show me! I still would like to take lessons cuz i definantly still need them lol. When i was loping to left it would start out as a circle then turn into this more sideways lope thing then to the fence lol. I think it is jsut that she is not arcing her body to the circle, like i said i think she is throwing her butt out. It might be cross fireing, but i dont think it is.

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See what can happen when you quit thinking and worrying and just ride the horse. I bet the poles gave you something to think about so you got out of her way. Good job and remember there's no crying in horses!
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Congrats on getting the lope!

I think if she is fairly collected at her other gaits, then you just have to try to work circles with her; large enough so that she is comfortable, but not so large that she doesn't 'have' to use her body. I would say you could definitely utilize your round pen on this one too.

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Thanks! Ya i think the round pen would be a good tool in this case. Yes kevinshorses, i know there is no crying in horses, i just got over welmed lol, it wont happen again i swear!

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If she is already unbalanced on that lead I would be wary of making her do it in a small enclosed space. I would be inclined to lope a lot fo straight lines on the left lead until she gets her co-ordination and balance sorted, then start circles, and gradually bring them smaller until she is capable of holding and carrying herself.

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I am having a similar problem with Ada, and my trainer suggested leg-yielding in and out of a circle, at the trot, like a spiral. Does this make sense? Trot (or jog I guess in your case!!) on an inward spiral from a 20m circle to a 10 m circle, using leg pressure to guide Duchess in, then push her back out with your inside leg. If she feels nice and "arc"-ed to the inside, then ask, on the way from 10m to 20m, for the left lead canter.

Seems like for right now, the more times you can get her on her left lead, even if it's only for a few strides, the better! Good luck, I am still working on it with Ada too!
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You might have someone watch you lope her for a bit just to make sure that she isn't crossfiring. Some horses do feel like they are swinging their butts outside when they do that.

CONGRATS on getting the lead. Those little lightbulb moments are the most wonderful little things aren't they? LOL.

If she were my horse, I don't think I would take that into the round pen. If you simply ride her around (even if she is on the correct lead) in a pen where she has no choice but to go left, then she isn't learning to listen to your cues. I would lope about a thousand miles of circles on the left lead in a large arena or even out in the pasture. That way, she is getting her balance and learning to listen to your body cues at the same time. Most horses are incredibly one sided and absolutely must be taught to be comfortable on their off side. Oddly enough, most horses are left handed and pick up the left lead better than the right. I guess you got an oddball horse. LOL. Anyway, just keep up the great work. Didn't I tell you it would come?

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