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        02-09-2010, 11:50 PM
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    Originally Posted by Seahorseys    
    What truly "under-whelms" me is worrying about posting a question, comment or sharing a general thought on this forum without receiving a backlash from somebody instead of a tactful, friendly response. Instead you just decided to play Captain Obvious, which is not something I think anyone would pay you for. I understand I'm not some world-renowned horse trainer, and I know there are people that know much more than me, which is why peruse these forums, ask questions and continue working under the guidance of a professional. Anyway, I'm done. I'm not carrying this on until the thread is locked. I just needed to assert that I felt you were demeaning.
    Don't ask the obvious question and you won't get the obvious answer. You're situation isn't anything new or special. Everything always boils down to the basics and following the training scale. I'm sure your current instructor/trainer has pontificated on that ad nauseum. There is no magical elixir, exercise, or bicycle analogy. But then you couldn't possibly see that since you're so focused on wanting to be offended.
         
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        02-10-2010, 12:30 AM
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    Green Broke
    Let's all remember the Conscientious Etiquette Policy Conscientious Etiquette Policy and try and stay informative for the OP question. WE are here to help learn and gain knowledge, no matter how simple or technical the question.

    To the OP: I completely understand where you're coming from with the canter. I have not really pushed my gelding and worked on that gait until I got his walk/trot nice and relaxed/supple. We have recently started working on Canter on the lunge. He is still rushing into it, but has ceased the bolting, thank goodness. I do short increments each direction and bring him down to the trot before he has a chance to do so himself. (I either catch the transition and keep him going, or downward transition depending on the day). Continue what you're doing and remember to watch that shoulder. Mine keeps dropping his shoulder and leaning showing me he isn't fully balanced. Keep bumping their nose in and pick up the shoulder if need be. Once they learn to carry themselves at the slower gaits, they will learn to carry that over into the faster gait when asked. Good luck and hope that helped.
         
        02-10-2010, 12:37 AM
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    Originally Posted by Mercedes    
    Post a video of it. That way we don't have to write a book of possible guesses, most of which will not be applicable.
    Yes post a video.

    If you lunge like I have seen so many lunge I can guess pretty much what is happening but before I condem you to the picture I have in my mind....post a video.
         
        02-10-2010, 10:39 AM
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    Originally Posted by free_sprtd    
    Continue what you're doing and remember to watch that shoulder. Mine keeps dropping his shoulder and leaning showing me he isn't fully balanced. Keep bumping their nose in and pick up the shoulder if need be. Once they learn to carry themselves at the slower gaits, they will learn to carry that over into the faster gait when asked. Good luck and hope that helped.
    Thank you so much, this is exactly what I was looking for and what I see. I've been up to the barn almost everyday working on this. I know I need a proper video camera, and then I need someone to hold it for me! I often wish I could've been disciplined enough to create a montage of all of our progress, from halter-breaking up to first mount. It would be a documentation of one of my biggest achievements! Im about to look online at some videos of an established balanced canter and then compare it too Frida's. Thanks again.

    P.S Spyder - my instructor is a STICKLER for proper lungeing, so no worries there. My horse is a greenie, so I've learned my body language and use of aids has GOT to be clear and concise, she doesn't let me be sloppy, or get away with anything in that area. I have good form when lungeing, but it came with alot of frustration and time, plus some pretty rough critiques from my instructor. I'm sure you remember how it is, they come up one or two days a week, the lessons go great, and then you are left to your own devices the other 5-6 days. Thanks.
         

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