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post #1 of 5 Old 06-24-2012, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Problem cantering

I got my new gelding about two months ago, and I have recently started working on his canter. He's fine if you canter big circles or go around the whole arena, but if you try to make a smaller circle or turn a barrel, he pulls HARD on my hands and speeds up instead of slowing down. I assumed that is was me and tried to lunge him at the canter on the ground, but he either would trot fast and pull on my hand or canter and drag me around. (I ride him is a thick, smooth d-ring snaffle, and I don't have a cavesson ,martingale or tie down on him. And when I lunge him, I use a rope halter with a 15' line)
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-24-2012, 11:08 AM
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He is obviously unbalanced and the pulling on your hands is his way of balancing himself.

I would lunge him but work on a muck larger circle, have him tacked up and use side reins, loose at first and then as he strengthens and becomes more balanced, tighten them up.

Work a lot on canter to trot transitions, work on the larger circles and then gradually make them smaller, before he become unbalanced make them larger and come back to the trot.

It all takes time.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-24-2012, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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thanks! :)

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-24-2012, 11:19 AM
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I agree, lots of transitions to strengthen his core muscles to be able to support himself while cantering :)

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-24-2012, 07:53 PM Thread Starter
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I just tried the side reins on my gelding today, and it made a huge difference! When I lunged him he was perfect! And when I rode him after the side reins and lunging, he did a nice, quiet collected lope. (small circles and turns too!) I guess that he just needed a reminder. :)

Thanks you so much!

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