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    08-16-2013, 11:24 PM
  #1
Foal
Horse refusing to lunge one way

I lunge my horse every time before I ride her. She has never had a problem lunging before but all of a sudden she is not going one way. She could run to the right all day but when I make her go left she stops and tries to run the other direction. She has never gotten away with it but it's starting to be more her working me more then me working her. She is due for a farrier visit and he is coming out. Could it be her feet needing to be trimmed? Or how do I get her to stop stopping? She has never been afraid of the whip but even if I have it on the ground beside my feet it seems to make things worse.
     
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    08-16-2013, 11:35 PM
  #2
Showing
She's just just testing you likely. Is she able to run around to the left out in pasture? Or even if you let her loose?

Maybe your circle is too small for lunging.

Also I wouldn't lunge her before every ride.. that's really hard on their joints and the same thing every ride will turn a horse sour before you know it.
     
    08-17-2013, 01:17 AM
  #3
Foal
I lunge her every time because my trainer said it would help calm her down as she is a very energetic horse. Maybe I will stop doing it before I ride. The last thing I want to do is make her hurt.
     
    08-17-2013, 01:24 AM
  #4
Showing
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Originally Posted by Darienne    
I lunge her every time because my trainer said it would help calm her down as she is a very energetic horse. Maybe I will stop doing it before I ride. The last thing I want to do is make her hurt.
Could you tell me more about her? What's her diet like? Your history with her, her age and breed, etc.
     
    08-17-2013, 03:37 AM
  #5
Banned
Why do you bold and increase the text size?

If you use this level of assertion with your horse, then it likely wouldn't have this issue. You are yelling at us, by internet speak.

It's possible that your horse has a health issue on one side so you need a chiro, or more likely, the horse has one side stronger than the other (most do) and so just prefers, and you are allowing that.
     
    08-17-2013, 03:10 PM
  #6
Foal
I bold it cause the little writing to me seems hard to read sorry if you assumed I was yelling at you through the internet. She is a 6 year old Standardbred Perch that I rescued from an auction because a meat buyer was bidding on her. I didn't plan on coming home with a horse but she looked to innocent to just go like that. My family appears to have a thing for rescue horses. She wasn't in the greatest shape and when I got the vet out I found out she was pregnant. Which was a big surprise to say the least. I had a chiropractor out before I started training her because we knew nothing about her and I didn't want to take any chances. I've had her for about 3 years now and she is my horse. She doesn't trust other people and won't approach them unless I'm standing right beside her. She has just started to allow my parents to groom and ride her which is a huge step up. And the trainer didn't seem to say anything about why she doesn't like most people. Her Diet is Grass because we just put her into a field but She also has Hay available that she prefers not to eat. The hay is 2013 hay not the leftover 2012 hay. She will occasionally get treats as well. And she doesn't get away with bad behavior when she acts up when I'm making her do something. Do I need to be more assertive? I didn't think it was possible for me to be more assertive than I already am. Her behavior reminds me of a mule aka being the most stubborn animal in the field.
     
    08-17-2013, 04:11 PM
  #7
Foal
Have you considered she may be stiff or uncomfortable on that side? It could be feet that are too long that may be having an effect on the tendons, but I honestly couldn't tell you.

Your best bet is the farrier and if medical issues are ruled out, then perhaps it is behavioral issue that is just now surfacing.

You mentioned that you have/had a trainer, maybe you can have the trainer take a look for a second opinion.
     

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