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post #1 of 12 Old 10-14-2009, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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horse wont canter

Ok well I have a 16 year old appaloosa gelding, he hasnt been worked in 2 years. My saddle fits, but he doesnt like the bit. I'm going to change that tomorrow. I set him up and ask and he just rushes into a HUGE trot. I stop and try it all over again, he still does the same thing. I just ordered a crop, so maybe that will help. Could he just not have the mucleling to canter yet?

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post #2 of 12 Old 10-14-2009, 09:04 PM
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I doubt he has the muscle to canter yet if he doesnt even have the trot somewhat down. Do you lunge him ?
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-14-2009, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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I lunge him once a week. We just had a break through. I trotted him a whole time around the arena. He enoyed it and stayed nice, didnt speed up and didnt stop.

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post #4 of 12 Old 10-14-2009, 09:09 PM
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He might be having trouble getting back to being balanced with a rider. You said he hadn't been worked in 2 years, he may just need more time to get comfortable and secure and build up to the canter later.
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post #5 of 12 Old 10-14-2009, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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thank you, whats what I thought. I got all worried because he did canter when I tried him out, but his old owner stood behind him whipping him.

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post #6 of 12 Old 10-14-2009, 09:37 PM
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does he canter when you lunge him?
What bit do you plan on switching him into?
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post #7 of 12 Old 10-15-2009, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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I plan on switching him to an eggbutt or a D ring snaffle. He has cantered once on the lunge line and only a few steps.

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post #8 of 12 Old 10-16-2009, 12:33 AM
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My gelding was doing that as well. Once I started working him several times a week and teaching him how to find his feet, pick up his shoulder, and control his speed, he has been holding the canter a lot longer. We also finally cantered under saddle nice and controlled for a few strides before we lost it. If you aren't successful in a higher gate, go down a notch and find the problem. You also may have to work from the ground a bit more as well.
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-16-2009, 10:35 AM
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Are you sure he is sound? My older horse started to put up a stink about cantering and even though he wasn't lame it turned out he had a stifle issue that made him uncomfortable.

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-16-2009, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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my vet checked him over before I got him. He is sound

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