Leaning into corners - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 12-02-2008, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 341
• Horses: 1
Question Leaning into corners

Candy leans into corners (during trot but mostly at canter) while i'm riding her in the arena. She has just turned 4 and my instructor says its a balance thing as she is young. She doesn't seem to be progressing though, I sit up as balanced as I can and apply pressure with my inside leg?

Any ideas?
SallyRC123 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 12-02-2008, 06:37 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 9,883
• Horses: 0
when you say she leans into corners do you mean she leans towards the rail or towards the center?

I would agree with your trainer and say its because she's not balanced or has the proper muscles to stay upright on the corners.

Another thing you might want to try, depending on which shoulder she's dropping, is to pick up that rein. Like if she's leaning toward the center, pick up (like lift up) your inside rein. That should help.
appylover31803 is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 12-02-2008, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 341
• Horses: 1
She leans to the inside of the corner (towards the center of the arena)

Thanks for the tip, I'll try that.
SallyRC123 is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 12-02-2008, 07:01 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 9,883
• Horses: 0
My mare used to do that when she was 4 (she's 5 1/2 now)
I also over-exaggerated my movements a little too. Like I would try and lift her up with my inside leg and along with my lifting my hand up.
appylover31803 is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 12-02-2008, 07:18 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5,526
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by SallyRC123 View Post
She leans to the inside of the corner (towards the center of the arena)

Thanks for the tip, I'll try that.
Common and is a balance problem.

I would be looking at a couple of thinks.

First....... don't ride too deep into the corners as your horse cannot handle that level of balance yet.

Second......when entering a corner (even a shallow corner) try opening up your outside rein and hold (with contact) to assist her.

Third....use little or NO inside rein to initiate or help the turn in the corner using only the outside foot/leg slightly behind the girth.

Fourth.......look directly between the horses ears...not past the corner and where you will be going.
Spyder is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 12-02-2008, 08:13 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 9,883
• Horses: 0
So my suggestion to lift up with the inside rein wouldn't be good? But you basically use the outside rein to assist?

I'm just looking for other ways to help balance my mare (and gelding)
appylover31803 is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 12-02-2008, 08:34 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5,526
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by appylover31803 View Post
So my suggestion to lift up with the inside rein wouldn't be good? But you basically use the outside rein to assist?

I'm just looking for other ways to help balance my mare (and gelding)
Nothing wrong with your suggestion Appy but being this is a very young horse I though a more direct approach would help. When the balance gets better the softer more discreet inside rein would be the way to go at that point.

The open outside rein gives a more direct line and should help in straightening the horse. The outside leg slightly behind the girth moves the haunches slightly in and the natural curvature of the walls/fence will actually direct the horse through the corner. If the rider looks in front of where she is going and not to the inside (where the tendency is to do) the rest should follow a natural following of the barriers like a wall or fence. Most people tend to exagerate all aids and as a result they will get too much of one thing or another.

The only variable here is how far the outside rein will open to "invite" the horse to straighten up. The rider will have to use different strengths to find the right one. Once the horse gets better balanced and stronger any leans that may occur will require just a touch of the inside rein (more aids may be needed but that would be one of them) should be all to remind it to straighten up.

Last edited by Spyder; 12-02-2008 at 08:36 PM.
Spyder is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 12-02-2008, 08:36 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 9,883
• Horses: 0
ohh ok! Thank you for explaining that Spyder! I really appreciate!

When I start doing more with my mare, if she starts leaning, I'll do that (she IS only 5 and had several months off)
appylover31803 is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 12-02-2008, 09:00 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 306
• Horses: 1
I think it could also be that she's maybe sticking her shoulder out? My gelding used to do this all the time, took me forever to figure it out... Push him back over so he's centered.

Twende Haraka
"Twende?"
"Yes. Like 'Wendy'...With a T."
TwendeHaraka is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 12-02-2008, 10:38 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In the saddle.
Posts: 5,157
• Horses: 1
Imho a 4 year old should not be getting cantered in an arena. Especially if they are not even confirmed at a trot. I agree with spyder on how to fix it.
~*~anebel~*~ is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Picking hooves and leaning missy06 Horse Grooming 6 06-26-2008 03:17 PM
Leaning on the bit?? AKPaintLover Horse Training 5 05-30-2007 02:56 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome