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    09-02-2009, 07:32 PM
Question got any ideas on how to teach my ex-race horse stuff?

I have this exrace horse he is 15.3 and he has no idea how to do things and he is 11 and he is liver chesnut. I have been teaching him alot and he is taking a while to takeit in but what I am most worried about is that he sucks at cantering he is so bouncey and it is so anoying I no he needs more practice but he has had practice for a few months I always canter and he isn even improving.

Got any ideas?
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    09-02-2009, 08:29 PM
He can't canter correctly if he can't walk or trot while using himself correctly. Take it slow and take your time. I can't tell you how to "fix" anything, because you haven't given any examples of what he needs to work on other than his canter sucks. So I'm going to suggest you get him carrying himself at the walk, get him to loosen up and relax and respond to your aids softly and quietly. Work your way up to the trot, and again, loose and relaxed and soft. Do lots of transitions and lots of circles and serpentines.
    09-02-2009, 09:13 PM
Is he cross cantering? That'll be responsible for the bouncy if so.
    09-03-2009, 08:59 AM
Originally Posted by Cougar    
Is he cross cantering? That'll be responsible for the bouncy if so.
What is cross cantering?
    09-03-2009, 09:47 AM
I could be wrong, but I've been taught cross cantering is having a different lead in back than in front
    09-03-2009, 10:03 AM
Yes, cross-cantering, or crossfiring is when the front end is on, say the right lead, and the back end is on the left lead. It should not be confused with a counter-canter, which is taking the "wrong" lead on purpose. My mare crossfires when we track right, and it only happens when she isn't balanced. Balance is key in the canter.
    09-06-2009, 10:07 AM
I agree with riccilOve,
My horse is an OTTB as well. In my experience with off track horses many of them like to travel on the forehand. Many of them also have more trouble one direction than the other. The first place I always start is lounge work. Getting the horse to use their body and carry their body in a differnt fashion.
When the horse is using his hind end more his topline becomes more rounded sort of if it was a hump one trainer explained it to me.
The horse will learn to use his/her abdominal muscles as well.

A cross canter is very bouncy! When your working with this horse it is important to work on the walk and trot first before procedding to the canter. Just as ricci has mentioned.

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