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        10-27-2009, 03:54 PM
    Need Some Serious Help With Ambers Canter

    I have ridden and trained many many horses in my life, but my mare, Amber has me stumped... I am seriously beginning to wonder if something bad happened to her during her training back in March-April. When I have her out in a field, in the woods on the trails or even on the grass outside of the ring she will happily canter no problem!

    In the ring she will walk, trot, bend, go over ground poles and cross rails no problem. She travels round and on the bit and totally relaxed. The second I ask her for a canter inside the ring she turns into a totally different horse. She throws her head in the air, cuts immediatly to the inside, bucks and acts generally nervous and uncomfortable.

    Im really not sure what to do, so any advice would really be appreciated!!
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        10-27-2009, 04:38 PM
    Not sure how old your horse is but in my experience with a lot of younger horses (3-5 years) is that they are not balanced enough to control their canters in an arena. Make sure you are riding in something at least 20m by 60m large with good footing or else the horse may not feel like they have room to canter.
        10-27-2009, 04:44 PM
    She's 5 and she's big, 17 hand draft cross. So Im thinking that might be part of the problem, but the arenas pretty big

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