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        07-27-2010, 10:28 AM
    She could have thrown a rib (or something similar) out in the pasture or playing, or it could be "that time of the month" - MANY mares tend to feel it more on their left side. How old is she? Around 8-10 years of age if they haven't had a foal their reproductive systems can go into overdrive and they can start ovulating like crazy.

    Sounds like a chiro and maybe something like raspberry leaves from this place (relatively inexpensive and can't hurt - try 1/2 cup morning and 1/2 cup evening) might help - but sounds like she's trying to "block" you because she may be in pain (like when your back hurts and you walk funny to keep it from hurting more).

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        07-27-2010, 10:32 AM
    Hmmmm I am not dure get her checked I guess lol and sorry I am sooo late at answering
        07-27-2010, 10:37 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
    Any ideas? I would look for pain, but I'm just not buying it - none of her tack has changed, she was doing this fine two weeks ago and she'll move just great off my right leg. I'm asking for ONE step here - I got a couple half steps and prasied her profusely and actually ended the day on a "half-step". I was wearing spurs today for the record, and even that didn't help much at all except to make her annoyed and jittery. She still moves into them - how do you deal with a horse who will move INTO pressure, in saddle and on ground, even with a pokey spur? (Just Dressage spurs).

    Sorry for the novel, I'm just at a TOTAL loss over what's bringing this on.
    Ha ha, I giggled when I saw the "I'm just not buying it" that she isn't in pain as sometimes I think people are quick to assume something is wrong with the horse because they won't do something. I only say this as I know that you are experienced enough to make that judgement. HOWEVER.... I was in a similar predicament a few years back and it turns out that my horse had put his back out (most likely from a fall in the paddock) and actually WAS in pain, didn't I feel terrible!? If she hasn't changed in a month, a chiropractor visit may be warranted.

    In the meantime, what if you try yielding off the circle? Try 20m circles in the arena and then ask for a few steps of leg yield jus as you are coming off the fence. It is a slightly different approach and if it really is all in her head, a change of approach might trick her into braving her way through that left leg yield.
        07-27-2010, 03:06 PM
    Green Broke

    Haha, yeah, I feel I'm experienced enough to add it all up and I'm just not seeing a pain issue at this point. I will definitely be calling someone if this progresses, but I don't feel two instances of "no way" is enough to warrant a $100 vet bill. Also, as said, if we're moving forward in a straight line at walk or jog, she WILL yield off my left leg, so she's just having some sort of mental block where she's wanting to move forward or back before she'll accept moving off my left leg.

    She also refuses to do it on the ground, so it's not a case of the saddle not fitting or my weight causing her pain.

    We'll just work on it and see where we get!
        08-02-2010, 09:10 AM
    I always teach my horses to yield at a walk then I gradually ask for less and less forward. You may need to let her step a few steps forward during the yield and gradually shut down the forward. It doesn't sound so much like she's saying "no way" but more like she's saying "I'm not sure I can do this". Break it down into smaller movements and practice those before trying to put it all together again.

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