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post #1 of 14 Old 07-05-2011, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Mare not listening

So I have an 11 year old paint mare. And my problem is when we canter to the left every time in one spot in the ring at a corner she turns her body towards the inside and speeds up. I have tried what all I know. I have done transitions in that corner, circled around it. Im just out of ideas and it gets really frustrating. Please help me with ideas on what I can do to make her listen and relax in that corner. Thank you


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post #2 of 14 Old 07-05-2011, 03:06 PM
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If it's always and only in the one spot then the first and most obvious question to ask is why? Why that spot? If you can answer that question (and there will always be a reason whether we can figure it out or not) then you can resolve the issue more effectively. Find the cause rather than treat the symptom.

I have known it be everything from seeing friends across the yard, to a plastic tree in a planter, to a high voltage electrical cable running under the corner of an arena (remember horses are more sensitive to those field than we are).
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-05-2011, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Well there is a jump standard, and a hose. She look at them both everytime but only at the canter. What could I do so she wont look at them?


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Try lunging her in that corner until she doesn't worry about it anymore.
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-05-2011, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Try lunging her in that corner until she doesn't worry about it anymore.
Instead of lunging could I just do circles on her in that corner?


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You could, but you have more control on a lunge line. On the lunge if she spooks at it you can push her back out with the lunge whip and do more circles with out having to work so hard at keeping her where she needs to be.
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Have you tried to gently close your inside leg and asking her to bend? Sometimes that's all it will take for the horse to remember that you're still up there giving directions.

Since she is speeding up, I would sit a little deeper and ask for a half halt as well.

As far as why only at the canter... It's possible that she is a little unbalanced or uncomfortable in the canter, and this is her "excuse" (or opportunity) to let you know.

When you are approaching the corner what goes through your mind? Is it different, now, than the other corners? Sometimes the mere fact that we are anticipating something happening creates that exact response from the horse.
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Have you tried to gently close your inside leg and asking her to bend? Sometimes that's all it will take for the horse to remember that you're still up there giving directions.

Since she is speeding up, I would sit a little deeper and ask for a half halt as well.

As far as why only at the canter... It's possible that she is a little unbalanced or uncomfortable in the canter, and this is her "excuse" (or opportunity) to let you know.

When you are approaching the corner what goes through your mind? Is it different, now, than the other corners? Sometimes the mere fact that we are anticipating something happening creates that exact response from the horse.
I've tried half halting, halting, sitting trot, getting her to bend. Now with the bend she refuses to do it. In every other corner she will bend easily and is really responsive but in that corner going one way she throws her nose out and if you ask her to put her head down she will throw it up in the air. And I don't think anything the first time and she does and I've heard that about anticipating and it didn't work.


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How are you asking for the bend... Step by step...

There may be a clue there
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-05-2011, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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well first I apply my inside leg to push her over and hold the inside rein and bring her head in and when I do this usally she will do it soo well and will bring her head down


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