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        05-28-2012, 11:55 PM
    Is she forgetting?

    My QH mare that I'm purchasing is still in training and into and ride her 3-5 times a week and she knows all her ground manners and ground work. She knows all her under saddle basics. Such as walk/trot/canter, stop immediately when you say whoa and sit down, works off my legs, backing, & Disengaging on the hind and forehand. Only issue is everytime I go over when I get on her I have to refresh her stop by going back and forth on the panels , it's like she forgets how to stop and after 5 mins of that she is fine. How can I fix this? Oh and she favors her left lead and doesn't like to take the right lead 70% of the time.
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        05-29-2012, 12:48 AM
        05-29-2012, 05:42 AM
    She is probably testing you. Just stay consistent.. maybe when you stop her, back up a few steps and have her stand still for a good while. Reinforce the stop, in other words.

    If you rush through the stop, then she'll anticipate and will call the shots which is not what you want.

    Take your time, reinforce good behaviors, stretch out the time she's standing, don't get frustrated, and "test" her stop throughout the ride.

    Hope that helps.
        05-29-2012, 08:07 AM
    As far as her leads..could she be sore on one side? Just a thought although horses will generally prefer one lead over the other.
        05-29-2012, 08:10 AM
    Didn't see the part about favoring a lead. But that's kind of how horses are. Check for anything physical that could be preventing her from comfortably picking it up. My horse favours going to the left, but behaves better to the right (since that's my better direction)

    Just something you have to work on, on the ground and under saddle.

    Now if she's fine on the ground but under saddle she refuses to give you a certain lead, it could be the saddle is preventing her from opening her shoulder all the way and could be causing pain.

    Or it could be a number of other things.
        05-29-2012, 10:08 AM
    Thank you. I will try that when I stop her.
    About the leads, when I lunge her she picks up the left lead instead of the right lead when she is expose to. I think it's because she is still pretty early on in the training still , I am going to spend a day with her, teaching her leads.
        05-29-2012, 10:11 AM
    When she picks up the wrong lead ,tell her to stop immediately what she's doing and trot, when she's prepared to strike off then ask and if she gets it right, praise lots.

    I just taught my fruitloop to canter about 7 months ago (?) and he's doing great on his leads.
        05-29-2012, 12:52 PM
    That's great. I'll definitely try it.

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