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post #1 of 9 Old 01-07-2011, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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Need Help with Horse Side Stepping Under Saddle

Have a 6 yr old gelding quarter horse who is generally pretty good, but still needs training. Just started to get him to lunge in the round pen and does good and follows every direction. The problem I am having is when riding my horse he will start to side pass when I want him to go straight. He will bend his neck in such a way that I cannot make him go in the direction I want him to. Im not sure what to do as I am new to training. This seems to happen at the ending of the rides or I take him in a direction he doesn't want to go. Any suggestions will help- Thanks!
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-07-2011, 11:58 AM
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I don't think he is side passing. He is dropping his shoulder. You need to block with your inside leg and outside rein.
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post #3 of 9 Old 01-07-2011, 12:00 PM
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^^Agreed
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post #4 of 9 Old 01-07-2011, 12:02 PM
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Near the end of your ride continue riding him and if he begins to act up have someone assist you by leading him at the same time you give the cue in the direction you want. My horse used to have the same problem but with violent head shaking near the end of the ride. I had no one to help me so I saddled and bridled her and led her around and when she tried to shake her head I held it still while continuing walking. I did this for a week and now she rarely ever tries to shake her head.
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It sounds like he is dropping his shoulder and avoiding going where you want to go. Bend him in the direction he is drifting and push with that leg and leg yield him over. So if he is drifting left over bend him left and really push with the left leg until he is back on the path you want, make him work harder every time he avoids doing the work he was supposed to be doing. Once he is on the correct line again, soften everything and continue on, he should get the idea that if he stays straight and does what you want it equals less work. Good luck! Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the input I will try those ideas and get back to you...
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-07-2011, 02:34 PM
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Near the end of your ride continue riding him and if he begins to act up have someone assist you by leading him at the same time you give the cue in the direction you want. My horse used to have the same problem but with violent head shaking near the end of the ride. I had no one to help me so I saddled and bridled her and led her around and when she tried to shake her head I held it still while continuing walking. I did this for a week and now she rarely ever tries to shake her head.

Nope. Having someone lead him will only correct his head. His shoulder and body need to be corrected. That needs to be done from the saddle.

Head shaking is not the same issue.
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-10-2011, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Alcatrazjmpr for the training help I did exactly what you said and he corrected himself! Thanks!
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-10-2011, 09:59 AM
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No problem, glad I could help!
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