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    04-09-2008, 05:10 PM
Help .. off the track mare

So I have a 4 yr old and she is off the track ... but as sweet as can be. But I have a few things I am stumped about, most things she listens and is learning really well except ... when I am circling to the right (not even a small circle, I will use about 1/3 of the arena, and the arena is BIG) she will do fine along the rail but when I cut across the arena and am coming towards the fence on the other side (wanting to turn right) she will go almost all the way to the rail, and I mean almost running me into it and then make a sharp turn right. I will use my inside reign and outside leg like no other, and I have little spurs on, and she STILL won't turn nice or normal ... HELP, please :)

Also she has decided not to pick up her left lead ... I mean she is an ex race horse ... the ONLY run then to the left, what the heck ... after about 3 times of the making her stop when she gets the wrong lead and then REALLY setting her up and asking again will she get it ... I have been working so hard and it doesn't help .. any ideas? She picks up the right lead with no problem at all ... hmmmm

Thanks in advance! :)
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    04-10-2008, 12:53 AM
I'll be quick, but this is my two cents.
For the first problem, it seems like she's dropping her shoulder. Use your inside rein, outside rein (to support her), outside leg. Remember that your outside rein is SO important, and don't drop it. Also, horses lead for their shoulders, not their nose.
Get an inside bend before picking up the left lead, and keep her on a shoulder (good! You can work on dropping her shoulder and the lead, which makes it harder). It seems like she's weak in the hind end, but I don't know. If you can get a video, that'd be awesome.

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