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    03-13-2012, 09:26 PM
  #1
Weanling
Question How to get a smoother canter?

Hey guys!
I just had a question of what you guys suggested... My horse doesn't like to keep his leads in the back but will usually will get them in the front, (cross-firing) and it is very fast. Does anyone have suggestions of how to get my horse to get and hold his leads and slow him down without breaking him into the trot?
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    03-13-2012, 09:31 PM
  #2
Foal
My mare does the same thing alot. Just work with him to build up the muscles is what I've been told. Also I have been "butt roping" my mare and that has helped tremendously! I don't have a video/picture of me doing it right now but when I go home and work with her this weekend I can take a video/pic and post it so you can see what I mean. This doesn't work with all horses some do not like it at all (my old horse was one ha) Hope this helped! :)
     
    03-13-2012, 09:33 PM
  #3
Weanling
Thanks so much! I would love for you to send me the video :) It is super hard for me to tell when he is doing it, if he goes fast he usually won't (hand gallop) lol but if he goes slow he will do it all the time :P
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Originally Posted by kate114    
My mare does the same thing alot. Just work with him to build up the muscles is what I've been told. Also I have been "butt roping" my mare and that has helped tremendously! I don't have a video/picture of me doing it right now but when I go home and work with her this weekend I can take a video/pic and post it so you can see what I mean. This doesn't work with all horses some do not like it at all (my old horse was one ha) Hope this helped! :)
     
    03-13-2012, 09:44 PM
  #4
Foal
Yea sounds like my mare...we've only been butt roping maybe like 2-3 weeks and I have already seen an improvement. Most of it just has to do with building the muscles (the correct ones) and to get the horse to understand how to be collected and balanced at the same time. Out of curiosity how old is your horse?
     
    03-13-2012, 09:51 PM
  #5
Weanling
Thanks for that! He is 17. I have been trying to get him in shape the last year and a half I have had him. He didn't know anything when I got him. How often do you do it? How old is your horse?
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Originally Posted by kate114    
Yea sounds like my mare...we've only been butt roping maybe like 2-3 weeks and I have already seen an improvement. Most of it just has to do with building the muscles (the correct ones) and to get the horse to understand how to be collected and balanced at the same time. Out of curiosity how old is your horse?
     
    03-13-2012, 10:01 PM
  #6
Foal
My mare is only 6 so she is still trying to figure out where everything on her body is when she is cantering lol. But I actually haven't been riding her at all since I've started this. I would do it every day maybe every other if I lived at home but since I am currently away at college I only get the chance to work with her on the weekend. But you could alternate this with riding if you wanted. If you do butt rope do not ride the same day this is a good enough work out for him since all you do during it is canter.
     
    03-13-2012, 10:07 PM
  #7
Weanling
Thanks! I go out three days a week and I will go out 4 once gas prices are done. I am excited to see the video! :)
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Originally Posted by kate114    
My mare is only 6 so she is still trying to figure out where everything on her body is when she is cantering lol. But I actually haven't been riding her at all since I've started this. I would do it every day maybe every other if I lived at home but since I am currently away at college I only get the chance to work with her on the weekend. But you could alternate this with riding if you wanted. If you do butt rope do not ride the same day this is a good enough work out for him since all you do during it is canter.
     
    03-13-2012, 10:12 PM
  #8
Foal
It will probably be up either Saturday afternoon if I have time after working her or Sunday once I get back up here to school. I can tell you now the quality will not be the best...its hard to record while working with her lol and nobody is going to be home this weekend to help me. Ha. I hope all of this will help you and your boy.
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    03-13-2012, 10:17 PM
  #9
Weanling
Lol that's ok :) Thanks!
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Originally Posted by kate114    
It will probably be up either Saturday afternoon if I have time after working her or Sunday once I get back up here to school. I can tell you now the quality will not be the best...its hard to record while working with her lol and nobody is going to be home this weekend to help me. Ha. I hope all of this will help you and your boy.
     
    03-17-2012, 10:53 AM
  #10
Foal
Pics of butt roping...video to follow

This is how you run the rope thru the bridle...you need a snaffle it will be easier on the horses mouth. You always go from inside to out.
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Run through the stirrup, towards the back.
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The rope has to be above the hocks, ALWAYS, otherwise the horse could get tangled and hurt.
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These last two pictures are just of the rope. My dad made this one for my sister and I. I will have to ask my sister how she measured the horse to get the size of the rope because I'm not sure about that part. But you can get this kind of rope (and the fittings) at TSC or anywhere that sells rope.
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Don't look at my mare! :) She is super dirty, I took these after I worked her this morning.
     

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