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post #1 of 8 Old 03-11-2013, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Horse veers to left

I have a mixed-breed 4 year old gelding that has the annoying habit of continually veering to the left at a canter.
I don't think that there are any pain or sight issues.
Please advise.
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-11-2013, 02:13 PM
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Are you putting more weight into that stirrup or on that rein?

Are you sitting crooked?

Video yourself, as that will tell more.

And when you are riding, you are not a decoration. If horse is moving to left, use that leg to move him over to right/keep him straight.

Could also be stirrups aren't even.

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post #3 of 8 Old 03-11-2013, 02:38 PM
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^^^ Yes, or resting your heel on his side. Our lead mare is very sensitive to leg and seat cues. If she turns, you can be sure that somehow you "told" her to.
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-11-2013, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the response so far.
I have two other horses of similar build that I ride with the same saddle and nowhere near the same habit.
I must add that he does not veer left a little bit, but rather at least 35 degrees!
I will think about my body communication but suspect it is something else or at least a combination of it.
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-11-2013, 03:03 PM
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Thanks for the response so far.
I have two other horses of similar build that I ride with the same saddle and nowhere near the same habit.
I must add that he does not veer left a little bit, but rather at least 35 degrees!
I will think about my body communication but suspect it is something else or at least a combination of it.
Does anyone else ride him? Does he do the same thing to them?
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-12-2013, 04:49 AM
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It sounds to me like your horse is young, has not been taught self carriage of his own body, and is overcompensating for a weaker side. Many horses have this happen, they are either right or left "handed", just like people. For a horse who is veering off in one direction means they are dropping the shoulder and do not know how to balance themselves. You may or may not be contributing to the problem with your body position, but as the rider it is your job to help the horse learn self carriage and how to keep his body in the proper position. Use your seat and legs to prevent him dropping the shoulder and veering off in that direction, and if necessary find a trainer to help you balance the horse and/or yourself.
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-12-2013, 05:09 AM
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interesting answers, I have a 'veering' problem too and am aware that it is caused by a physical issue I have from an old injury.. the veering is much less whenever I have had a chiropractic treatment which straightens my body back up a bit.

my pony also has a stifness and I would like to see how she responded to a chiropractic treatment but haven't found anyone to do it yet.

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post #8 of 8 Old 03-13-2013, 03:52 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the interesting responses and I will note (hope) with interest if he grows out of it. He is a bit of a rescue horse and used for light ranch work.
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