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post #1 of 4 Old 06-26-2009, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Haunches In

I'm currently riding a Morgan that's been under-saddle for about 120 days now. He's come along great but in two certain spots in the indoor he throws his haunches in. I'm not sure if he's spooking, but I can't do anything to throw his butt back over until we are done passing that spot. I've done numerous things preparing for the certain spots but he still does it. It's like he's just dead to my inside leg.

But, he doesn't do it every time we're exercising. I've almost concluded that he's just making excuses like he does when he itches/rubs his legs (by the way, I've never ridden a horse that itches his legs so deeply.. I almost fall off! It's like he's itching his hind legs!)

Anyways, it's just bugging me. I try holding a crop out to the inside, not touching him, which scares him sometimes to throw his haunches back, sometimes not. I also hold my inside leg very firmly against his side, but I carry it along his haunches.

I think he's just messing with me. But any other ideas? At first I'd tap him on the shoulder (he was just learning the whip) but he doesn't respond to a crop at all. He just doesn't care. I was going to try spurs but he's still young and in training.
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-26-2009, 11:39 AM
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Do shoulder in past the points where you know he is likely to throw the haunches in.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-26-2009, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Spyder View Post
Do shoulder in past the points where you know he is likely to throw the haunches in.
I'll try that and we'll see. He doesn't know anything past walking and trotting in circles and serpentines, but since he can do haunches in on his own then maybe he can do a little shoulder in.
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If you know the spots he normally does this in, you can always take him off the rail at that point; say put him into a circle, or serpentine; if he is only doing rail work and simple circles, etc, he could just be getting bored.

You could use his 'hip in' to your advantage too, and anticipate it before it comes, and start teaching him 'shoulder ins' as was suggested already; however, shoulder ins don't really require a horse to move his hip really far in, so make sure he's not tracking too far inside with his hip.

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