04-17-2011, 05:19 PM
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Question about training a 3 year old
Ok so my husband and I are having a disagreement about our 3 year old QH mare. Hershey is a little bit difficult at times and I am trying to really train her right. She is a little crooked from her knee down on one leg. She has a great walk, jog. But she struggles with the lope. She is still unbalanced at this time. So when I am doing lunging work with her I lope her for about 4 or 5 times around and bring her back to a jog. Then ask again for her to lope 4 or 5 times again. I do this a few times, trying to get her balanced. Well my husband thinks I should make her lope about 10 to 15 times before I bring her back to the jog. Can anyone comment or make some suggestion on what is the right way to teach her to lope? I am using a loose ring snaffle bit right now. We loped today for the 3rd time on her and she still likes to buck some, not hard enough to get me off, but hard enough to where it hurts my back. I know she is not balanced so I am pretty sure that is why she bucks. But it sure reminds me I am not as young as I use to be.