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post #11 of 22 Old 08-24-2009, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!! Ya smrobs I guess I got the ding dong out of the batch lol. HannahandAda that's normally what I have been working on her with, is I trot alot of circles to left and do big circles, small circles just to help her get her balance. Smrobs my friend is going to ride with me today and ill have her watch me and see is duchess is cross fireing. Ill keep loping her in my arena, its fairly good sized. I wish I had a race track close by lol, or I wish are roads were dirt and not rock. When asking for the left lead, do I ask with my left leg or right leg?

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post #12 of 22 Old 08-24-2009, 06:32 PM
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You ask for the left lead with the right leg and vice versa. The canter *should* start with the outside hind leg, so by asking with your outaside leg, you are cueing that outside hind to come under the horse and start the canter off correctly and on the correct lead.

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Ok thank you wild spot.

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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.
I agree, I would be doing same. Put her into a lope and then leave her alone. If she's throwing her shoulder out lift the outside rein then drop it and leave her alone. Don't nag, just little corrections.

I would also be working on shoulders/haunches in and out at the walk and trot. In the canter have her leg yield from one side of the ring to the other on both sides.

She must be smooth if you can't feel her cross fire. My older guy is like a jack hammer.....

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You ask for the left lead with the right leg and vice versa. The canter *should* start with the outside hind leg, so by asking with your outaside leg, you are cueing that outside hind to come under the horse and start the canter off correctly and on the correct lead.
Also at the same time if you lift your inside rein it will lift the inside shoulder and free it up.
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Well I have been working on her and she is getting much better. I am just loping her in a strait line and doing some circles. Her circles are definantly better, she is improving alot already. And she is really soft and supple, so I might be able to get a reining horse out of her yet lol.

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So glad you are getting things sorted out! *Thumbs up*

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OMG, she would be a stunning reining horse. Not many of them are over 15 hh anymore. LOL She would be a monster next to the rest of them. I am so glad that you are getting along with her better. There really is nothing more frustrating than wanting a horse to do something and they either refuse or you don't know how to ask them and they get confused. CONGRATS!!!!!

I will give you another snippet of information, the more circles you lope, the more level and slow she will travel. That is how Dad used to train WP horses, just millions and millions of circles. The didn't move like the peanut rollers but they were rated (speed), natural, and flat like a good horse should be.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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Lol, I know smrobs, she would be a mamoth compared to most of the reiners lol. It was sooo frustrating when noting I tried would work, that's why I was just about ready to throw in the towel (lol). But just as I was about ready to give up, she got it! Im planning on loping and lopig millions of circles, I know the only way you get horse broke is by lots of loping... well not really but ya know what I mean lol. I am just sooo happy that she has finally got it. Its like this giant weight was lifted off of me lol.

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