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    06-04-2012, 06:45 PM
Horse bends right on left rein? & doesn'

Hello btw! Newbie!

I've got a youngster called Dan I have been backing in over the past 6 months, We are walking and trotting confidently, Canter is quite wobbly and takes a while for him to decide he 'wants' to canter..
Taken him over polls and has been loose schooled over a few jumps :)

Basically, my boys always brought his head down when i've been riding him, of lunging, but he seems to bend to the right on the right rein, but bends to the right on the left rein too.. and brings his head down and too the right
But when I try to encourage him to bring it too the left, he comes off the track, and as a result I have to use the right rein to bring him back towards the fence and we are at square one again.... So help and advise would be appreciated!

Also advice onto a more swift transition into canter would be very much appreciated also!!!

Thankyou :)
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    06-04-2012, 07:07 PM
13 views and no replys? :(
    06-04-2012, 10:28 PM
You need to get him better off the leg. When he is more sensitive to the leg, the bend will come.
    06-04-2012, 10:46 PM
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That makes it sound as if there is some kind of physical stiffness there. Is he unable to bend left at all gaits? Can he bend around to the left if you offer him a carrot? Investigate the physical limits of his bending left. And work on him doing this more and more. If you know how to disengage a horse's hind quarters, you might start working on this at the walk, doing it fairly slow and easy at first. The stepping across and under with his inside , back leg is part of what will help loosen his hind end. A looser hind end makes it easeir for the hrose to flex at the poll, and vice versa. So, work on getting him to flex his jaw to the left, so that his head is just twirling on the end of his neck.

And you are working in a snaffle, right? Using both hands,?
    06-04-2012, 11:03 PM
On a young horse, generally this kind of stiffness will be overcome by developing solid sensitivity to the leg aids, riding forward into an elastic feel. Quietly introducing circle and curved figures, encouraging the horse to bend lightly around out inside leg. The stronger the inside hind leg becomes, the better the bend will be. No amount of 'carrot stretches' and swinging the head left and right under saddle will create bend.
    06-05-2012, 01:58 AM
As tinylilly stated carrot stretches are great for checking if there is a physical issue.

If not you need to get him responding to your leg better to push him back onto the track. Obviously there is more strength needed on the left rein so spend more time on that rein.

Starting at walk first then in trot circle, serpentine, lateral work. The lateral work will help with gauging response to your leg and the other exercises will increase suppleness.

Remember to focus on the quality of your turns so be prepared to turn serpentine's into circles.

Also this may sound obvious but ensure you are sitting straight in the saddle with your weight evenly distributed.
    06-05-2012, 12:08 PM
Thankyou, your replys are very helpful! & reply too tinyliny, yes he is being ridden in a full cheek snaffle, he didn't like the loosering and was all over the show in it! Work has improved a lot since switching to a full cheek!

I do try to push him into the track with my legs, but again he hasn't quite caught on.. I suppose this will come in time though :)
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