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post #11 of 15 Old 10-23-2008, 08:44 PM
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if his conformation is bad...that might be causing the tripping. And if it is, then it's probably something that can't or won't be easily fixed
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post #12 of 15 Old 10-25-2008, 10:31 PM
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if he's gaited the canter may just throw him off balance... Don't get me wrong, some gaited horses do canter, but it may not be his thing...

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post #13 of 15 Old 10-28-2008, 07:54 PM
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Sam naturally holds his head high - he's got a bit of an upside-down neck, with all the muscle on the bottom, and if he's exited, it's in my lap!! Sometimes, though, if he's worried about something on the ground in front of him, he arches his neck an his ears are two inches apart!!

I ride him English, with a martingale, and he's getting better - today we worked on giving to the bit, which he did very well with. I'm just working on Sam's headset so I can have a horse worthy of a home video taping: he's just a pleasure horse, so it's no biggie.

If you want his head up, I'm not sure quite how you do that - I'm better at going the opposite direction!

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post #14 of 15 Old 10-28-2008, 08:24 PM
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post #15 of 15 Old 10-29-2008, 12:02 PM
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agreed - some gaited horses are not meant to canter (and they do not canter well on their own)

have you worked him on a lunge line to let him "feel" the canter/ practice it without you in the saddle?

some gaited horses need help with their balance - - I know many gaited saddlebreds whose heads get turned towards the rail (weird, I know) to help them keep their balance while cantering...

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