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post #1 of 4 Old 08-16-2013, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Problem with long wall in arena

So my horse has suddenly decided that she will not trot or canter the one long wall in the arena. She'll walk fine along it, she longes along it, but once we pick up a trot or canter, she shies and veers towards the center. If we turn and go the opposite direction, she'll walk, trot, canter fine along it with no issues. Any other spot in the arena, she will yield from the pressure, except that wall. Nothing has changed along that side, nothing new that could be spooky. Shadows weren't hitting along that side.

Does anyone have any insight on what may have happened and how to correct it? Thanks!

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post #2 of 4 Old 08-17-2013, 07:29 PM
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She got a notion in her head. She needs no reason other than that. Now, it is a habit and she does not want to give it up.

There are two things that you can do:

One -- you can reverse her toward the rail repeatedly and go right back into the trot until she give it up. or --

You can teach her properly to leg yield and obey your inside leg. Then, You can take her head toward the inside (away from the rail) and 'drive her out to the rail. This is how horses should be ridden anyway so you can drive them deep into the corners. If you try to 'hold' a horse out with the outside rein, you create a bunch of problems. They learn to move farther and farther from the rail, they cut corners and learn to drop a inside shoulder.

Not teaching a horse to properly 'leg yield' is a big hole in one's training and this is one of the ways (like dropping a shoulder) that the hole shows up.

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Nice answer Cherie! I can add little to it.

It is quite common for a horse to decide a corner or area of a ring is a booger spot. I usually lay on the inside leg and yield toward the rail, as Cherie said. I will add flexing the head in as I do this. It gives the horse something difficult to think of that will divert her attention. Eventually, they will get over it.

Don't forget to highly praise the horse if it does even a tiny bit better each time it goes along the rail there.
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Another option is to do what I did.. my horse started spooking at a corner so I would spiral circles closer and closer towards it and then go straight near it. Eventually he decided that spiraling wasn't fun and did not spook from that corner again.

But when I spiraled I made sure he wasn't leaning to the inside and was properly bending.
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