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    09-01-2012, 08:43 PM
Question Horse will not turn right?!

My mare is a 9 year old qh cross mare and she will not turn right when gollaping but will turn right in lunge, walk, trot, and canter. But as soon as we get into a gallop she stops and im giving pressure with my legs and not pulling back on the reins, so I have no clue what it is and I need some advice??
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    09-01-2012, 09:06 PM
Green Broke
Could be any number of things ranging from pain issues, body stiffness (as in old injuries, general inflexibility on one side), ill fitting tack, inadequate training, rider balance, etc.. The tricky bit is to sift through it all to pin point the problem. Once you have the cause of the problem, a solution can be found. Do you know the mare's history? How long have you had her? Has she consistently always done this?
    09-01-2012, 09:15 PM
Ive had her for almost two months and she acted like this since I had her but it was worse she wouldnt even turn right at a trot. Its not my saddle or my balance and she don't act like it hurts her at all, and before I do any hard running or any running at all I ride her in a arena for at least 40mins every time I ride.
    09-01-2012, 09:56 PM
Green Broke
What did you do to get her turning to the right at the trot?
    09-02-2012, 01:28 AM
Sounds like stiffness issues. Even if she's not in pain she could be stiff, maybe beginnings of arthritis in her neck or along her spine. I'd get a vet out to check her. Maybe a Chiropractor. Then I'd spend some time flexing her. Using just her halter, on the ground - teach her to turn her head with just a tiny ounce of pressure on the lead rope. Turning her head toward and away from you. Just like as if it were reins on a bridle. Practice this until her nose touches her girth line with only a small amount of pressure from the reins. Teach her to put her head down and pick it all the way up. This is good for stretching and helping her neck become more flexible. But it may not be in her neck and may be all along her spine. Perhaps she herself doesn't feel balanced enough to gallop to the right, maybe she's not as sure footed as it seems. Does she ever gallop to the right in her field? I'd have a chiropractor give her a look over.

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