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    11-14-2009, 11:22 AM
only goes counter-clockwise- how to fix?

Hi. I just started riding my 3 yr old QH/Appy mare this year. My problem with her is she only liaes to be going counterr clockwise, riding and lunging. When lunging, I as her to change directions, and she either runs right past the whip, or turns aound but only walks forr half a circle before spinning around and cantering around the other way. I have tried walking on her right side to show her it is ok for me to be on the right side I have tred starting the lunging session going clockwise, and I have tied only going clockwise.
WHEN I am riding her, I warm her up by going twice around the ring on way, twice the other. When we are going clockwise, she fights me ALOT! I use my leg, my voice, and the reins. Shw usually keeps walking straight, stops, or turns with alot of stuggle. The thing that really bugs me is that she does this only at 2 corners. The other cornerrs she is perfect. I have 'cut the ring in half', and she still does it at those corners, even when those corners are in the middle of the ring.

What should I do to solve this problem? Also, I can't work her very hard as she is 5 1/2 months pregnantr
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    11-14-2009, 12:06 PM
Wow, she is VERY young to be in foal. I hope her pregnancy goes well and she delivers ok. For future reference, that is VERY young for a baby itself to be having babies.

About the training issue: first rule out pain. Are her teeth done? Has the saddle been fitted by a qualified professional? Have you had her checked over by a vet or chiropractor? Have you had a vet out to check on the progress of the pregnancy? Is everything going well? Perhaps the pregnancy is putting too much stress on her? She is just a baby herself.
    11-14-2009, 12:38 PM
Actually, the pregnancy was an accident, although my barn owners put a 2yr stallion out in a pasture with 3 mares and 6 geldings on purpose because he "didn't now what he was doing". Well obviously he does! In may I told them he was mounting a 3yr old mare(not mine) and they didn't move him out. That mare cme back into heat so they bred her to the arab stud they have.
My mare was checked 2 weeks ago, and the vet said no twins, and everything is fine with the pregnancy. The thing that bugs me though, is that the stud is STILL in with her, and they have put a pony mare and 3 more geings in with him. They don't pllan on gelding him, and I am not sure when they plan to move him, since they 'dont have space for him other than where he is'.

Anyway, I don't have the money to get a saddle, and I want to get one once Sonya is done growing. I am currently using the barns saddles. I don't thnk it is the saddle though sine she is only doing that at 2 corners in 1 dirrection. She doesn't like me touching her belly ith my hand, so she might be sensitive because of the pregnancy...

Is there anything I can do on the ground?
    11-14-2009, 01:11 PM
I would probably guess that she's sensitive because of her pregnancy. I would have a vet or chiropractor confirm, and see if they even recommend her being worked through the rest of her pregnancy.
Can you move her to another facility that doesn't keep studs in with young mares?
    11-14-2009, 02:32 PM
If I had a boarded mare and the barn owners tossed a stud of any age past nursing into her pasture I would have stroked. Personally, I'd be looking into different boarding arrangements.

I agree with JDI that you should have a vet or other professional confirm that her discomfort is related to her pregnancy, and gather some advice about working her at all. I think that I personally would stick to mild groundwork during the pregnancy, since she is so young.

As far as helping her one-sidedness, I think I would just lead her in walking circles. That shouldn't bother her too much. Do two circles the "hard" direction, then reward her with a circle to the easy direction, and go back to two circles the hard way. If she fusses, talk to her, and take her on a bigger circle. She may need to build muscle that she doesn't have to turn the "hard" direction, and larger circles should be a bit easier on her.

Good luck!
    11-14-2009, 09:35 PM
Originally Posted by ilovesonya    
What should I do to solve this problem? Also, I can't work her very hard as she is 5 1/2 months pregnantr
You can work her as hard as you want for 4 more months at least. Don't worry about her being too young she will be fine. I would solve this problem by riding her out of the ring as much as possible and trying to find more interesting things for her to do that requires her to go both ways but in unpredictable and creative ways. Saddle fit is rarely the problem with a horse unless they have odd conformation. If she doesn't like you to touch her sides that is a training issue not a pregnancy issue. At 5 months she probably can't feel anything in there. The foal and placenta combined wiegh less than 20 lbs at that stage. That's pretty small in a 1000 lb horse that eats 40 lbs of hay and 80 lbs of water per day.
    11-14-2009, 10:06 PM
Ok, well right now I am only riding her bareback. She seemed to be a little bit better today when turning.
    11-16-2009, 03:11 PM
This probably has nothing whatsoever to do with her pregnancy.

All horses, like people, are either left or right handed (hoofed). Sounds like your mare is left hoofed, since it's easier for her to go counter-clockwise than clockwise.

It's like you trying to learn to write with your left hand, if you've always been right handed. It's HARD for her, and she doesn't want to do it.

She just needs to be taught that going both ways is expected of her. If you've allowed her to get out of going to the right, then you've taught her if she acts up, she won't have to do something she doesn't want to.

From your thread title I thought she was just off the track, since most off track horses don't know how to go to the right. All races are run counter-clockwise.
    11-16-2009, 03:14 PM
I'm just advising her to get her checked over for pain regardless.
I agree, SR, that she's probably just not accustomed to having to go to the right. However, I have seen many cases where a horse refuses to go one direction and they end up having some source of pain. Extreme responses like the OP described can potentially have pain associated with them, so I'd rule that out first.
    11-16-2009, 03:27 PM
Agreed, JDI.

Having the vet out to check for pain somewhere is always the first line of defense if a horse is vehemently opposed to doing anything.

If pain is ruled out, then she just needs to be taught to go to the right.

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