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    02-21-2014, 12:02 PM
  #1
Yearling
how to stop "drifting" sideways

So ... one of the issues I have with my horse is that she drifts to the side a lot

I have a big oval I ride Dixie in during my lessons, if I turn to the left and try to get her trotting along the right-side tree line, she will continue trotting nearly sideways and almost into the tree's on the left-side treeline (i keep her head pointed the direction I want to go)

If I turn a little earlier so she is running at the right-side tree line instead of making a gradual turn, she will try to drift to the right and won't turn left unless I bend her to the left like I am trying to do a one-rein stop


Any tips?
     
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    02-21-2014, 12:15 PM
  #2
Weanling
I'm not totally clear from your description, but it sounds like she is barging her right shoulder to the outside. My mare did this ALOT, until I figured out I was using far to much rein to steer and not enough leg. I put a neck strap on my mare so I couldn't use my hands so much and now have to focus more on seat and legs for control and she is so much happier and ready to listen.
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    02-21-2014, 12:22 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by kenda    
I'm not totally clear from your description, but it sounds like she is barging her right shoulder to the outside. My mare did this ALOT, until I figured out I was using far to much rein to steer and not enough leg. I put a neck strap on my mare so I couldn't use my hands so much and now have to focus more on seat and legs for control and she is so much happier and ready to listen.
i am still learning to use my legs and seat -- but Dixie tries to do the same thing when my instructor is riding her

She will do it in either direction, as if she would rather run me into the bushes than to trot to the far side of the pasture -- if I am turning her to the left, she will drift to the right (away from where her head is pointed) --- if I turn her right, she will drift to the left (away from where her head is pointed)
     
    02-21-2014, 12:24 PM
  #4
Yearling
Edit ... sorry -- now that I think about it ... it is *almost always on the near side of the pasture ... turning towards the far side

She may be trying to talk me into going towards the house/barn/buddy/feeding area
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    02-21-2014, 12:24 PM
  #5
Foal
When you turn her to the left with your left rein, try using your outside (or right) rein to stop her shoulder from drifting over. So the inside turns her head, and the outside prevents her shoulders from drifting that way. When I was little, my trainer used to describe it as creating a wall with that outside rein to stop the drifting.
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    02-21-2014, 12:29 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by jmike    
edit ... sorry -- now that I think about it ... it is *almost always on the near side of the pasture ... turning towards the far side

She may be trying to talk me into going towards the house/barn/buddy/feeding area
In which case it would be good if you could do some groundwork and get her respect. A respectful horse will do what you ask when you ask, so long as you ask correctly.
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    02-21-2014, 12:44 PM
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Green Broke
Some horses will steer by following their nose, but the "naughty" ones don't... They follow their shoulders. I've seen horses who's head could be facing their tail and they'd still be going whichever way they please.

You need to focus on steering her body, not her nose. Get your outside leg in her and take up the slack on your outside rein. Think about moving the outside over to the inside when you make a turn. So, instead of pulling her left use right side of the body and push her left. Make sense? You may also want to work on spirals to help you gain that control of her body. Push her in and out of a circles using your legs and light rein aides.
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    02-21-2014, 12:57 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by SlideStop    
Some horses will steer by following their nose, but the "naughty" ones don't... They follow their shoulders. I've seen horses who's head could be facing their tail and they'd still be going whichever way they please.

You need to focus on steering her body, not her nose. Get your outside leg in her and take up the slack on your outside rein. Think about moving the outside over to the inside when you make a turn. So, instead of pulling her left use right side of the body and push her left. Make sense? You may also want to work on spirals to help you gain that control of her body. Push her in and out of a circles using your legs and light rein aides.
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Nailed it -- she is definitely being naughty

Thanks will do --- getting a day off tomorrow so I can do my "homework"

I have some cones set up -- maybe using my legs to weave in and out will help
     
    02-21-2014, 01:00 PM
  #9
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She is carrying her thought out toward that part of the arena, or beyond, where she wants to be. So, when you lift your left rein (oh, are you direct reining or neck reining?) she may move her head over toward the left, but her thought, and her shoulders and body go right . Correct?

She is not longer following the rein. For that, I would contincue to lift the left rein, saying "here, it's here!", maybe bump it a bit to see if I can get her attention, and if she drifts out, I'd disengage her entirely, and then ask her to step out left again , following the rein. If during the disengagement, she ends up not facing the direction you want her to go, it doesn't matter. Your objective is to get her to follow the left rein.

So, you lift the left rein againg, ask her to step left and head off, and then when you steer her toward the way she has trouble, keep in mind that if she stops following your directing rein, and is bowing out through her shoulders, you disenage, and ask again.

Of course, you can also support her following your leading rein by keeping your outside leg on her a bit to discourage her from drifting out, but if she ignores that, leans on your directing rein and barges through, disengage, and try again.
     
    02-21-2014, 01:10 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
She is carrying her thought out toward that part of the arena, or beyond, where she wants to be. So, when you lift your left rein (oh, are you direct reining or neck reining?)
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she may move her head over toward the left, but her thought, and her shoulders and body go right . Correct?
yes ..... but I do have her attention, she just isn't following my lead


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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
she is not longer following the rein. For that, I would contincue to lift the left rein, saying "here, it's here!", maybe bump it a bit to see if I can get her attention, and if she drifts out, I'd disengage her entirely, and then ask her to step out left again , following the rein. If during the disengagement, she ends up not facing the direction you want her to go, it doesn't matter. Your objective is to get her to follow the left rein.

So, you lift the left rein againg, ask her to step left and head off, and then when you steer her toward the way she has trouble, keep in mind that if she stops following your directing rein, and is bowing out through her shoulders, you disenage, and ask again.

Of course, you can also support her following your leading rein by keeping your outside leg on her a bit to discourage her from drifting out, but if she ignores that, leans on your directing rein and barges through, disengage, and try again.
disengage? Not real sure what you mean by that --- my grasp of terminology is horrible

I have been trying to bump her outside shoulder with my leg, and have even tried just squeezing with my outside leg -- she keeps pushing through/ignoring it
     

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