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post #1 of 6 Old 02-10-2010, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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My horse canters sideways?


If you scroll to second 58, then too 3:29

You will see my problem. I jump along that strip next to the fence and when im riding, jack veers left or right (depending which direction im riding) trying to go to the barn. We had someone come out to see if I was applying too much leg pressure to one side, and im not.

I'm thinking Jack is extremely barn sour. What do you think?
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-10-2010, 05:23 PM
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wrong video posted???
No one is being ridden
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-10-2010, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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I know, but I was showing the barn and where I jump him. I couldnt ride that day :( I just got the camera
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post #4 of 6 Old 02-10-2010, 05:57 PM
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Erm, hard to say without video of the actual behavior, but if he's only ducking out in one direction that tends to be more of an off-balance, stiffness, or confusion thing. If he was barn sour I would expect him to be "pulled" toward the barn no matter which direction you're taking the jump from. Maybe, on the ground, drive him over the jump without going over yourself? Stand beside the jump and encourage him to go forward with a lunge whip? Just be sure to be quick on your feet if he decides to duck out in your direction. Like I said, it's hard to give good advice without seeing the actual problem, but I don't think that barn-sourness is the issue, given the video you posted.

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Our ex race horse Sam (TB) used to lope and gallop sideways (literally).....The more we rode him the better he got. Now he rides straight 99% of the time unless he gets really excited. He wasnt barn sour, its just what he did.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-10-2010, 09:05 PM
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All I see is a normal horse.

Although you are going over the jump in front of him, someone has trained this horse well. Because of the fenceline, if he were to duck out coming towards us (in the video), he would bump into you. He sees the close fence and so he doesn't believe he can duck out on the other side either. Coming back, now his right side is completely open, and he can dodge without bumping into you.

Stop going over the fence before him. This is bad horsemanship, and dangerous. The horse should be at your shoulder, and I feel quite confidentally that if he were being led properly, he would not duck anymore because he would feel "blocked off" by your shoulder every time instead of just one direction.

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