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post #1 of 15 Old 01-04-2011, 02:55 AM Thread Starter
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Arrow horse is unbalanced on one side-lunging

Gidget is unbalanced while lunging on one side. She then tries to switch sides fast. I don't know how to get her more balanced.She has always tried to refuse and she pulls against the lunge line so I have to brace myself...any tips?

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-04-2011, 02:26 PM
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Is Gidget unbalanced on that side when you ride her too or is it only while lunging?
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post #3 of 15 Old 01-04-2011, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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it seems only when lunging
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post #4 of 15 Old 01-04-2011, 07:34 PM
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Gosh I don't know then. I was going to suggest working from the saddle to fix the problem but that is strange. I'm not much of a lunger but would be interested if you get a good response from someone. Sorry that I can't help!
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post #5 of 15 Old 01-04-2011, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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oh it's okay!

I jusr don't get it.

She seems pretty balanced in the saddle.She uses her forehand more though which I wish I could fix but haven't had any professional help yet and I think I need it as I am still a beginner.


Hopefully someone can help me.
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Horses are all naturally a bit one-sided.

Some things to check before anything else - saddle fit and chiro issues. If she's stiff one way, or if the saddle is impeding her movement one way, that can manifest in that off-balance look.

For your position, I recommend just working through the unbalance. Allow her to take all the room she needs to feel comfortable moving on the circle and don't force a smaller circle before she has the strength and balance to manage it with a little effort. I would also lunge two circles the stiff way for every one the "good" way, as a general guideline.

Long reining or side reins may help, but I definitely recommend using those only with the help of someone familiar with their correct application as they can do more harm than good if they aren't used correctly.

In general, make sure that you do everything on both sides, on the ground and under saddle - that will do a lot to keep her from getting too one-sided.

Good luck!

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thanks..oh and I lunge her without a saddle...she just has always hated going to that side. I do use side reins and I have them on loose. I put them on a lunging surcingle.

Would it best if I free lunged her first to get her use to that side or should I do it with a line?
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thanks..oh and I lunge her without a saddle...she just has always hated going to that side. I do use side reins and I have them on loose. I put them on a lunging surcingle.

Would it best if I free lunged her first to get her use to that side or should I do it with a line?
Oh, ok, that eliminates saddle issues for sure, then.

As far as free lunging, I'd say it depends on exactly how unbalanced she is. If she truly needs the entire arena/round pen to find her balance, then I'd say go ahead. The good point of the lunge line in this scenario is that you have a little more control over the size of her circle - you can "reel her in" to challenge her for a lap, and then let the line out to rest her a little.

Is she off balance at all gaits, or worse at some than others?

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just trotting and cantering..lol...umm,she is fine at the walk...maybe I can get a video this weekend of her..it's dark now so I can't.
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just trotting and cantering..lol...umm,she is fine at the walk...maybe I can get a video this weekend of her..it's dark now so I can't.
Video would probably help if you can get it at some point.

Trot work, on the lunge and under saddle, is epic for building balance. Scout is still learning to balance at the canter, but plenty of trot work does wonders for improving his balance all the way around.

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