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post #1 of 6 Old 04-12-2012, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Excercises to help, loses hind end at canter

When i am cantering my horse out of nowhere he will lose his hind end switching to the wrong lead at the back (ends up cross cantering) almost like a motorcycle spinning out because he will swing his hind end out. Even when i have lots of outside leg on to try and push his hind end over he still does it. Im assuming its just because his hind end is weak and i was wondering if anyone had some good flatwork i could do to help that.

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-12-2012, 02:50 PM
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Does your horse have loose/weak/sticky stifles? If your horse has weak stifles then getting your horse properly fit and conditioned is very important, he will need a program of regular, consistent exercise to build up his fitness and condition, concentrating on building up his hindquarters. Just remember to do it gradually, be careful you don't overdo it at first.

Ground poles progressing to raised ground poles and then to cavelletti as he gets fitter are all good for helping build up the hindquarters. Transitions are also great, try to add in lots of transitions during your ride, walk to halt, halt to walk, trot to walk, walk to trot, trot to walk to halt and so on. He should move forward into the bridle reaching well under himself with his hind legs when ridden to really use his hind end properly, he shouldn't be trailering his hind legs out behind himself. You can help him out by riding him forward from back to front, leg to hand, using half halts as necessary. Always remember to think of riding him forwards into the bridle from back to front. Hill work is also great for strengthening the hindquarters, if you have access to trails or fields with hills to ride on. Begin with walking up hills progressing to trotting up as he gains fitness and condition.
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Also, it might be a good idea, if you haven't already done so, to rule out any soundness issues, just in case there's something going on there.
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Op - is this happening all the time? In the arena, trail? On a circle, straight line?
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its mainly on a circle and ocasionally on a straight line and he's quite fit at least he doesnt seem to tire easily and we are jumping 3' to 3'3 on a regular basis, i only full lease him i dont own him. My trainer thinks its just that he's not strong enough in the hind end so i was just looking for some ideas for excercises
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Once you rule out any structural or joint/unsoundness issues and deduce it to a strength issue, there are exercises to increase coordination.

I have a large gelding with a fairly long body, so sometimes it takes a lot of conditioning to connect the front to the back. He came to me green with years of being left in a field, so it took and still takes a lot of conditioning in walk/trot. The first step for me and my gelding was to build up his back muscles well enough for him to carry me, and our fitness. It is also important to note that if I wasn't balanced - neither was he. I found long and low exercises useful for engaging his back and hind. It took a lot of transitions (halt, walk and trot) to move into the canter. When my trainer and I introduced the canter there were half halts to balance him, also spirals and twenty meter circles helped. But the most beneficial exercise (or the one that made the most noticeable impact) for getting his hind end under him was halt to canter transitions. It's just what worked for him and myself. Your coach will offer you exercises that work for you, I'm sure. Good luck;)
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