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post #1 of 12 Old 10-04-2012, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Running into walls

I am not sure how to describe this, but I will try my best. My horse canters one direction OK. The other direction she grabs the bit and pulls the other direction and almost runs me into walls or circles to her good side and runs that way. I have tried doing circles at the trot till I think I am going to throw up in the challenging direction. We do bending on the ground and in the saddle. She bends at the pole at the walk and the trot as well. I lunge her and she seems to do okay, but will sometimes switch to the other lead while I am lunging her.
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post #2 of 12 Old 10-04-2012, 11:03 PM
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I'm not sure if I followed your post real well, but it sounds like she's loping on the wrong lead which can force the horse to kind of 'go wide'.......or else there is an issue with her physically that she finds it so hard to be on the correct lead for that particular direction that she will railroad you to get off it.....

Not sure. Would you explain a bit better?
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post #3 of 12 Old 10-04-2012, 11:25 PM
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Do you think you could post a video? It would be easier to tell what's going on from a visual.

Also make sure you aren't leaning. You may have the habit of putting more weight into one stirrup than the other and haven't even noticed, and since your horse is green (I'm assuming) she's very sensitive to that and it throws her off balance. This may or may not be the case, but it's near impossible to tell without seeing you ride.

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post #4 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 12:07 AM
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Call a chiropractor.

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post #5 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 12:09 AM
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First, chiro.
Then once any pain can be excluded, is she drifting towards the gate in circles? If so, start dismounting in the middle of te arena, never ride through gates:P
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post #6 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 08:05 AM
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Does this horse 'over-bend' and 'drift' toward the wall?

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post #7 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Yes - this horse 'over-bends' and 'drifts' toward the wall. How do I work on that? She has trouble picking up the correct lead when I am on her, but seems to pick it up when she is lounging. She can switch leads easily to her more natural side. If I force her into a smaller circle she cuts quickly in or goes completely the opposite direction by grabbing the bit. I very well may be off balance. I will try to get a video the next time I ride. I don't have enough funds for a chiro. Any stretching I could do with her that you recommend? She is a 20 year old rescue horse. They say she is Arab, quarter, and possible percheron. She is about 14 hands and not a very well built horse. She is extremely fat right now and I have to talk to the person that owns her about that. I am not trying to win any shows, I just want to be able to feel safe and do the basics. Thanks for your help!
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post #8 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 12:13 PM
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Is she overbending or simply dropping her shoulder as she is on the wrong lead?
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post #9 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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If she over bends she cuts the circle quickly and is in the correctly lead for a second, but then drops to a trot because the circle she makes is to tight. She popps into the wrong lead when we are going straight. If we are going straight and go to turn to the right unless I get her to bend that is when she grabs that bit. I feel like I have to always be on her mouth to get her to bend to the right when we are cantering because if I am not she goes the other direction and runs me into things.

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post #10 of 12 Old 10-05-2012, 12:58 PM
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I'm wondering if over the years she's been allowed to use the lead of her choice, maybe for public trail rides. As long as a horse will follow the one in front and do as the others, there is often little training done. Here's something to try. As soon as she takes that lead, slow her down and walk half the arena then ask again. Since horses like to conserve their strength asking her to walk will be seen as a reward. You could be trying to break an old habit and it won't be easy. Be consistant. Don't slow to the trot, but always the walk. If you are consistant she will realize if she does this, she gets to walk. The gradually up it to two strides then three. Also allow her time to build muscles. She may be weaker on her near hind as that is the leg she drives off with.
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