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post #1 of 4 Old 12-29-2007, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
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I need some help...

Hi!! I own a 3 year old Mustang Mare. She is great on the ground and has had tons of groundwork done with her. She even ground ties. The problem though is when we ride in the open field/open areas. We can walk out there fine, but when I ask for the trot, her whole body starts moving sideways and she throws her head. When I ask for the turn it is worse. She will run sideways and just not turn. She ignores my leg and crop. Her teeth are fine/saddle is fine. I just dont know what to do. Any advice?
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-29-2007, 10:16 AM
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It sounds like it could be pain related. Maybe get your vet out to check her and possibly a chiro. and an equine massage therapist as well. And triple check saddle fit, that is soooo important.
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post #3 of 4 Old 12-29-2007, 02:18 PM
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what are your ways to correct her when she does this? do you disangage her?

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post #4 of 4 Old 12-29-2007, 02:26 PM
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Sounds like it's rider error. Ride her the area or round pen and have someone video you. Look at your seat, hips, shoulders, and head to see what you're doing. My mare did something similar for a while and I figured out I was dropping my right shoulder just a little and didn't realize it. As soon as I worked on keeping my shoulders straight, she went fine!

Also, Mustangs usually mature a bit more slowly than most QHs (or at least slower than people think QHs mature). If she's comeing 4 you're fine, but if she's just turning 3 this spring, then you might think about taking it easy riding her until last next fall.

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