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post #1 of 9 Old 09-28-2012, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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When I have lesson with my horse as soon as we go to ask her somthing she does not want to do she FLIPS out!!! Like full out crow hopping bucking and bunny hopping...I don't know why because out of lessons she is the most willing to please horse ever. Mainly what we work on in lessons is trying to get her to take the left lead because she really doesnt like to take it. Out of a lesson when I am just working her by myself she will take it lots and we have very succseful rides...sometimes without a buck in mind. So I was wondering if there was such thing as a horse being lesson sour? My coach got on her the last lesson to see what was wrong and she just kept bucking. She doesn't do it when I'm riding her though... I'm just confused as to why she only does it in lessons and not when I'm just working her myself.
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Horse that are continually worked in an arena do get sour. When giving lessons, only private, I'd often saddle up and the lesson was on the trail. This helped prevent the horses becoming ring sour. Trail riding isn't about just sitting on a horse and chatting to another rider, it's the best place to school a horse as it's interesting.
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The only thing is, is that our trail isn't really wide enough and she only does it in a lesson environment...

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Mainly what we work on in lessons is trying to get her to take the left lead because she really doesnt like to take it. Out of a lesson when I am just working her by myself she will take it lots and we have very succseful rides...sometimes without a buck in mind.
I would hazard a guess and say she is sore or stiff. Going to the left aggravates the issue.

Also in a lesson you are likely more stiff, tense and pressured. Your horse picks up on that and responds in kind.
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Do you ride where you have lessons normally?
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Actually today I was looking at her eyes, and I saw a growth in her left eye. She also had a white spot in the middle of her pupil. Could she be getting some sort of eye disease? And could this cause her to be acting up going to the left?
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It sure could. I think the first thing needed is to get a good eye exam. Please keep in mind that not all Vet are qualified to examine and diagnose eye problems. I have found that to be a very specific area of Vet expertise -- like finding a good 'leg Vet' only there are even fewer good eye Vets.

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It sure could. I think the first thing needed is to get a good eye exam. Please keep in mind that not all Vet are qualified to examine and diagnose eye problems. I have found that to be a very specific area of Vet expertise -- like finding a good 'leg Vet' only there are even fewer good eye Vets.
One problem it would cost thousands of dollars to even bring an eye vet up to where I live because it is so far north. And the closet one I could think of would be six or seven hours away to begin with...
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My first guess was it's pain / stress related but now I'd want that eye looked at!

Perhaps you could take a photo and email it to an eye vet. After talking to them first.

Next time you ride alone focus on that left lead. If you get a reaction you know it's the work not the lesson. If there's no problem, either you're not pushing as hard as you do in a lesson or the problem is your stress levels in the lesson.

Another option is to not work on that at all in your next lesson do something else and see of there's still an issue
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