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post #1 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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Horse won't canter ;o


my 3 year old haflinger horse Nabor won't canter I ride with a whip and he doesn't respond to it today i'm going to lunge him and see how he responds to my voice hopelfully it works!
I know he's still young,, and it can be me that does something wrong becouse when my eh,, teacher rides on him he does it I think i'm not strong enouf So if you have got tips i'de like do hear them! ;)

And will oats maybe work? ;d
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 06:09 AM
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Well i also have a haflinger names bailey. He actually loves to canter now. But when i got him he would try and buck me off when i asked for a canter. I got my riding teacher to get on, and by the time she was done, my pony wouldnt stop cantering she scared him so much. haha
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post #4 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 07:03 AM
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arnt haflingers gaited ?
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 07:34 AM
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Any Halfies that I've seen have not been gaited, nor do I believe that as a whole they are.
But, gaited horses canter just I'm not sure why it matters..? Unless they've been trained not to for the show ring, I haven't seen one have an issue with it.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 09:21 AM
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If you can't get him to canter maybe putting poles on the ground would help him? Put them spread out fairly wide so the horse has to lope to get over them. Just an idea, I have no idea if it will work, but maybe it is worth a try. Good luck. ^^

If he is three it isn't nessisarily too young. My gelding was loping (slower canter) at that age. Of course he hasn't had to under saddle for a long time.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-04-2011, 12:35 PM
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No, Haflingers are not gaited. Sounds like this horse is green (and lazy) and you are an inexperienced rider. Have the trainer continue working with the horse and you, both together and separately. You need to ride a few others horses to get the feel for how they all canter, and your instructor needs to put a more consistent "canter button" on your horse.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-05-2011, 01:38 PM
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I have a standardbred that used to have this problem. His problem was being comftorable with cantering. What I did was free lunge him, he was fine cantering when I wasn't on him, but I had to keep encouraging him and pushing him while lunging. Then when I started riding, I kept him on smaller circles on one end of a cornered arena. Whenever I got to a corner, I asked for the canter (It took ALOT of kicking and taps with the wip and voice commands), and when I finally got a few steps, I stopped and praised him. It's all about progression. Don't expect your horse to pick up a full canter at once, maybe a few steps then lengthen the time cantering and keep praising. It worked for me =) It took a few months though lol
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